Basic Site Details

Name: St Peter's Episcopal Church
Town, district or village: Torry
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: HS says it is by Tarbolton but RSA seems to indicate it is by Kinross.

ST PETERíS CHURCH TORREY ABERDEEN - The new Episcopal church of St Peter is at present in course of erection on the north side of Victoria Road, Torry. The building, when completed, will consist of nave, with porches on the north and south sides; chancel, with a chapel and bell-turret on the south; and sacristy on the north sides. With the exception of the window tracery, which will be of freestone, the whole of the exterior stonework will be of pink granite, the general surface of the walls of thin split-faced courses. The roof covered with Scotch slates, will be continuous over nave and chancel, its apex being 68 feet from the floor of the nave. The height of the nave walls will be 47 feet. The nave is 4 feet 6 inches lower than the level of Victoria Road, with steps at the west end down from that level extending the whole width of nave and aisles. The nave arcade consists of five arches with piers 10 feet apart and 26 feet 3 inches from floor to the springing. These piers are attached to the aisle wall by internal buttresses. The division between nave and chancel is marked by a pier 5 feet 6 inches wide, and pierced with doorway for a rood loft, reached by a turret stair on the south, and also from the organ gallery on the north side. The altar is raised twelve steps above the nave floor. The south aisle of the nave leads by steps up to the side chapel, 38 feet by 15 feet, which is divided from the chancel by an iron grille. This chapel will have a separate door from Victoria Road. The north aisle continues by the side of the chancel and is connected to it by a few steps. The upper part of the church will be lighted by a series of eight clerestory windows on either side and a wheel-window in the west gable, 11 feet in diameter. The total length of the church internally is 116 feet 6 inches, the extreme width 52 feet 6 inches and it will provide accommodation for about 500 persons. The contractor for the mason work is Mr John Morgan, Aberdeen. The architects are Messrs Kinross and Tarbolton, Edinburgh. [Builder 29 May 1897 p489]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Sheltered housingYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Church  
Item 2 of 2Sheltered housing  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1191, Victoria RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 118971900 In course of erection, May 1897


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 3Harold Ogle TarboltonArchitectA18971900 
Item 2 of 3John KinrossArchitectA18971900 
Item 3 of 3Kinross & TarboltonArchitectural practiceA18971900 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2RSA1910   347
Item 2 of 2Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp300

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder29 May 1897  p469
Item 2 of 2Weekly Press and Aberdeenshire Herald19 November 1898   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes 11 March 1897
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19972 
Item 3 of 3Squires AssociatesPlans for St Peter's Torry