|Free Church||PENICUIK FREE CHURCH - The foundation stone of the new Free Church at Penicuik, near Edinburgh, was laid on Tuesday, by Duncan Cowan, Esq,of Beeslock. Mr. Cowan stated that the cost of the new edifice would be £2,050, of which there had already been subscribed £1,844, and £1,004 8s. paid up. The new edifice, which will occupy a site of much beauty, in the vicinity of fine natural scenery, will, when completed, be a great ornament to the neighbourhood in which it is to be placed. Its proportions will be handsome, its style of architecture in keeping with the locality; and a steeple of one hundred feet in height will give to the building an elegant and distinctive character. The church will be seated for 600 persons. The design of the edifice is taken from plans furnished by Mr. Frederick Thos. Pilkington, architect. [Building News 30 May 1862 p385]|
NEW FREE CHURCH AT PENICUIK, NEAR EDINBURGH.
Building operations have just, been commenced in the erection of the above church ; it is to be erected at the south end of the town, on the road from the railway station, and is designed by Mr. Frederick Pilkington, architect, of Edinburgh. The new church will add another conspicuous feature to the architecture of the town. The tower and spire are to rise to the height of 100 feet. The spire will be slated, and will have coronals of ornamental iron-work at the foot, and also at the four spire-lights. The tower is plain till it rises to the top story, which is octagonal, with pinnacles and decorative windows alternately on the faces. The object of confining the ornament to the highest part of the tower, is becoming more and more appreciated by architects, as it obviously gives a greater appearance, and indeed reality, of solidity to the structure, and places the ornament where it is best seen. The principal entrance to the church is through the tower, by a massive archway, the staircase to the gallery being also in the tower. The lower part of tho end of the church is an open arcade of four arches, with columns and carved capitals instead of mullions, the upper part of the gables being occupied by a large five-light window, with plate tracery. The middle part of the tracery is a six-foil light, richly carved, and surrounded with smaller lights, composed of cinquefoils, quatrefoils, and trefoils. The two sides are occupied by three coupled two-light windows, and the end is penetrated by a large window of a spherical triangular form, with three larger and three smaller circles, converging to a centre, consisting of a double triangle, pierced and foliated. The session-house is placed at the rear of the church, and the chimney, so often put out of sight as a blemish, is taken advantage of so as to enhance the architectural effect of the building. The height of the church, to the ridge of the roof, is fifty-two feet. The roof is constructed in two slopes, the break being occupied by an ornamental ventilator, running all round the church. The entrances to the church are so arranged that the congregation enters by one door, and exit can be obtained by four doors. The interior is fan-shaped; this secures the obvious advantages both of better hearing and better seeing of the preacher, objects not always studied to the extent they deserve in Presbyterian places of worship. The gallery, which is seated for 150, is confined to the end of the church, opposite the pulpit; the seats are all to be open with carved ends, and sloped at a comfortable angle. The roof will be of open timber-work, simple, but effective. Tho estimated cost of the whole structure is £2.050, and the church is expected to be ready in the course of next year. The contractors for the works are Mr. Thomson, mason, and Mr. Tait, wright, these being the chief contractors, all of Penicuik. [Building News 13 June 1862 p423]
The Cowans of Valleyfield Mill were members of the congregation.