Basic Site Details

Name: Guthrie Memorial Church
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Limited competition with four invited entrants.

The Free Presbytery of Edinburgh on Thursday week approved of plans for the erection of a new church in Easter-road, to be named after the late Dr Guthrie. The committee invited plans from four architects by private competition, with the result that they selected those of Mr Charles S. S. Johnston, Pitt-street, Edinburgh. The church measures 73 feet by 47 feet internally, and is seated for 502 persons, with an end gallery stretching across the western portion of the nave and aisles, seated for 190 persons, giving a total of 752 sittings. A hall, 36 feet by 24 feet; session house, 19 feet by 15 feet; vestry, 12 feet by 10 feet; and lavatory are situated in rear of the church, while the heating chamber is placed underneath the pulpit, and is to be vaulted with brick. The style adopted throughout is Early English Gothic of a very plain type, and the estimated cost of the church is £3,500. [Building News 24 June 1881 p784]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Easter RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11881 Competition held 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Stewart Still JohnstonArchitect 1881 Won competition to secure job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp555
Item 2 of 3Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 3 of 3Pike Edinburgh and the Lothians at the turn of the 20th century   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder25 June 1881XL p808
Item 2 of 3BuilderLate 1881XLI p89
Item 3 of 3Building News24 June 1881  p784

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 3 December 1891 (hall)
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register46112