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Basic Site Details

Name: Cowgatehead Free Church
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Status: B listed
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Notes: The Cowgatehead Church stopped being a Free Church early on and by at least October 1947, according to the online Edinburgh telephone directories at ancestry.co.uk, was the works yard of the City Glass Co. They use the address 18-24 Cowgate, which is the entire building from the shop on the western or lhs of the frontage, the central church nave (no 20, the present clinic), and the DPK 1940s stone extension on the rhs or eastern part (no 24). The extension is rather an elegant panelled folding wooden green door into the works yard, with a large window over it, which has pebbled glass in it. Obviously an advert for their product.

The panel above the door reads 'Erected and endowed from funds bequeathed by William Whyte Edinburgh MDCCCLXI.' The Petitioners to the Dean of Guild were the Trustees of the late William Whyte, bookseller in Edinburgh. Set back from the road between 2 advanced properties, creating a shallow forecourt. Dean of Guild drawings show 2 shops in the flanking wings, and a bakehouse and oven to the rear.

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 114-24, Cowgate  

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 4December 1860 Foundation stone 
Item 2 of 41861 Build/construction 
Item 3 of 410 April 1862 Opened 
Item 4 of 4c. 19411947Alterations and additionsPlans for alterations and additions to east for City Glass Co.

People

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 5Patrick WilsonArchitectA18601862 
Item 2 of 5David John ChisholmArchitectCc. 19411947Plans for alterations and additions to east for City Glass Co.
Item 3 of 5Dick Peddie, McKay & JamiesonArchitectural practiceCc. 19411947Plans for alterations and additions to east for City Glass Co.
Item 4 of 5George Lindsay Auldjo JamiesonArchitectCc. 19411947Plans for alterations and additions to east for City Glass Co.
Item 5 of 5John Ross McKayArchitectCc. 19411947Plans for alterations and additions to east for City Glass Co.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1City Glass CoThe Dick Peddie McKay and Jamieson additions to the east of Cowgatehead Church were probably for the stained glass artist R Douglas McLundie, who opened the Abbey Studio making stained glass there around 1947. His family owned the City Glass Co, although he and his brothers had originally lived in the west of Scotland in 1940.

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp224

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Caledonian Mercury11 April 1862   
Item 2 of 2Dumfries and Galloway Standard5 December 1860   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Morag CrossInformation sent to DSA  
Item 2 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild16/08/1860. The Petitioners to the Dean of Guild were the Trustees of the late William Whyte, bookseller in Edinburgh. Set back from the road between 2 advanced properties, creating a shallow forecourt. Dean of Guild drawings show 2 shops in the flanking wings, and a bakehouse and oven to the rear
Item 3 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register4785914-20 Cowgate, (Former COwgatehead Free Church)

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