Basic Site Details

Name: King's College Chapel
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 121506 Build/constructionLeadwork and fleche on roof.
Item 2 of 12Early 1500s Build/constructionCeiling of nave
Item 3 of 1215 November 1882 Plans datedNew tracery for E window
Item 4 of 121889 Plans datedPlans (19 Rutland Square) for restoration
Item 5 of 129 October 1891 Plans datedElevations (16 Rutland Square) for restoration
Item 6 of 12February 1892 Plans datedElevations and sections for new stalls
Item 7 of 12February 1931July 1932Plans datedRestoration of east window - replacing Robertson's work
Item 8 of 12July 1931 Plans datedNew buttresses
Item 9 of 121933 ReconstructionMedieval pulpit partly reconstructed
Item 10 of 12November 1933 Plans datedNew stalls and new desks
Item 11 of 12August 1934November 1934Plans datedDr J E Crombie Memorial
Item 12 of 1223 August 1935 Plans datedRestoration of NE window at apse


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 9John Burwel or Burnel L1506 Contracted for leadwork and therefore probably responsible for the fleche
Item 2 of 9John FendourWrightFEarly 1500s Perhaps responsible for the ceiling of the nave - judging by similarities to ceiling at St Nicholas.
Item 3 of 9Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectG15 November 1882 New tracery for two east windows (drawing initialled 'JT' and signed by Robertson 15 November 1882)
Item 4 of 9(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectA18881892Restoration and professors' stalls
Item 5 of 9Wardrop & AndersonArchitectural practiceA18881892Restoration and professors' stalls
Item 6 of 9George Mackie WatsonArchitectA18901891Restoration - as chief assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 7 of 9James Brown NicolArchitectB19301931Restoration of east window, new butresses, stalls, desks, restoration of NE window at apse. Medieval pulpit partly reconstructed.
Item 8 of 9Kelly & NicolArchitectural practiceB19301931Restoration of east window, new butresses, stalls, desks, restoration of NE window at apse. Medieval pulpit partly reconstructed.
Item 9 of 9William KellyArchitectBFebruary 193123 August 1935Restoration of east window - as consultant after his retirement, new butresses, stalls, desks, restoration of NE window at apse. Medieval pulpit partly reconstructed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Geddes, Jane (ed)2000King's College Chapel, Aberdeen, 1500-2000 Northern Universities Press 
Item 2 of 3Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp23, 184-6, 188-9, 191
Item 3 of 3Simpson, W Douglas A tribute offered by the University of Aberdeen to the memory of William Kelly LLD ARSA  pp10, 49

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Architect and Building News1930July-Dec p701

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen UniversityAberdeen University Archives A 4/45/1-15; A 5/20, /26, /40 & /42; A 6/21, /41-43, /51, /52; A 7a/1, /20, /21, /23, /29, /35
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19943 
Item 3 of 4King's College Library, AberdeenPlans  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Mackie Watson: L v21 no1659