Basic Site Details

Name: Queen's Cross Free Church
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: A new Free Church was opened at Queen's Cross, Aberdeen, on Sunday. It is built of grey granite, and has a tower and spire rising to a height of 145feet. Sitting accommodation has been provided for 800 persons at a cost for erection of 7,000. Messrs Pirie and Clyne, of Aberdeen, are the architects. [Building News 22 April 1881 p467]

Church and site cost 9,000

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Queen's Cross ChurchYes 

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 2Albyn PlaceYes 
Item 2 of 2Carden PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 101878 Competition heldTo include church, hall, session house and vestry (printed paper with competition rules dated 24 June 1878)
Item 2 of 1024 June 1878  Date of printed competition brief
Item 3 of 1031 August 1878  Date for submission of competition drawings
Item 4 of 1020 September 1878  Working drawings commenced
Item 5 of 1018791881Construction 
Item 6 of 1018 April 1881 Opened 
Item 7 of 101885 Design exhibited 
Item 8 of 101888  Organ chamber added
Item 9 of 1023 February 1888  Date for tenders to be submitted for organ chamber
Item 10 of 1019371939 Additions


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 8Arthur ClyneArchitectA1879After 1882Won competition and secured job
Item 2 of 8John Bridgeford PirieArchitectA1879After 1882Won competition and secured job
Item 3 of 8Pirie & ClyneArchitectural practiceA1879After 1882Won competition and secured job
Item 4 of 8Alexander LorimerArchitectAAfter 1882Before 1887As apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 5 of 8Arthur ClyneArchitectB18881889Organ chamber added
Item 6 of 8John Bridgeford PirieArchitectB18881889Organ chamber added (tenders dated Fenruary and March 1888)
Item 7 of 8Pirie & ClyneArchitectural practiceB18881889Organ chamber added
Item 8 of 8John Alexander Ogg AllanArchitect 19371939Additions - session house and halls- see also separate entry for halls


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gammie1909The churches of Aberdeen  p167-170
Item 2 of 4Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen1981Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen: 100 years 1881-1981 Aberdeen 
Item 3 of 4RSA1885   1100
Item 4 of 4Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp231

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Aberdeen Evening Express6 January 1906   
Item 2 of 5Aberdeen Evening Express13 January 1906   
Item 3 of 5Aberdeen Journal29 May 1880   
Item 4 of 5Architect and Building News1937July-Dec p328
Item 5 of 5Building News22 April 1881  p467 - opening

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Aberdeen City Archives (copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Town Council Minutes 17 September 1888, p279
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19948 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSIan G Lindsay Collection IGL W/270 Drawings
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ B Pirie Collection Three photos 1970s and 1980s. 9 drawings on tracing paper of details of the organ chamber and case. Diary of 1878. Other documents, newscutting etc
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Lorimer: L v19 no1425