Basic Site Details

Name: Thistle Foundation, Robin Chapel
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 219501953  
Item 2 of 2March 1950 Scheme acceptedWarrant granted


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 7John Fraser MatthewArchitect 19501953 
Item 2 of 7Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practice 1950 Warrant granted for plans by architects for erection of chapel
Item 3 of 7Thomas Johnston BeveridgeArchitect c. 1950 Weathervane (is this correct? Or is it perhaps a Thomas Beveridge the sculptor?)
Item 4 of 7Carr & MatthewArchitectural practiceDAfter 1951 Job continued by Carr & Matthew
Item 5 of 7David CarrArchitectDAfter 1951 Job continued by Carr & Matthew
Item 6 of 7James Robertson LaidlawArchitectDAfter 1951 As apprentice with Carr & Matthew
Item 7 of 7Stuart Russell MatthewArchitectDAfter 1951 Job continued by Carr & Matthew


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Thistle Foundation22 Charlotte Square

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Thistle Foundation scheme with houses, hostel and medical centreThe estate was conceived in 1944 by Sir Francis Tudsbery, as a village for disabled ex-servicemen to enable them to live in the comfort of their own homes with their families, and with the ability to received regular and skilled medical treatment on site rather than venturing to, or residing in, a hospital. Originally intended for 140 houses, but rising costs saw the scheme stop at 100 houses in 1950, with 600,000 expended to this date on the building operations and equipment (houses and clinic).


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp538

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder7 April 1950  p472

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register48686 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/53
Item 3 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from D C Mays re weathervane