Basic Site Details

Name: Free Church and hall
Town, district or village: Merchiston
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Additions 1912-1915 comprised tower and hall. Square tower about 100 feet high with library and belfry over. Hall at north-east corner of the church for 400 people. Total cost 4,000. Works approved by Dean of Guild Court December 1912.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Candlish Church  
Item 2 of 2Polwarth Parish 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 1Polwarth TerraceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318991902  
Item 2 of 3December 1912 Plans approvedPlans approved for additions comprising tower and church hall
Item 3 of 31915 Design exhibitedTower completed. Also hall built 1913


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 11Arthur George Sydney Mitchell A19001902 
Item 2 of 11George Wilson A19001902 
Item 3 of 11John Galt Mitchell A1900 As assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 4 of 11Sydney Mitchell & Wilson A19001902 
Item 5 of 11Arthur George Sydney Mitchell D1903 Chancel
Item 6 of 11George Wilson D1903 Chancel
Item 7 of 11Sydney Mitchell & Wilson D1903 Chancel
Item 8 of 11James Jerdan & Son B1913 Church hall
Item 9 of 11John Jerdan B1913 Church hall
Item 10 of 11James Jerdan & Son C1915 Completion of tower
Item 11 of 11John Jerdan C1915 Completion of tower


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1United Free Church Trustees 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1RSA1915   553

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder25 June 1915CVIII p446. Illustration.
Item 2 of 2Building News27 December 1912  p902 - plans passed for tower and church hall

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild Plans 27 July 1899, 9 April 1903, 26 December 1912
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27335 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSRIAS Collection 1 mounted watercolour
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW1900/7/1/1
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Jerdan: F no 1798 (microfilm reel 14); John Galt Mitchell: L v1 no91 (microfilm reel 29); George Wilson: F v19 p89 no 1396, microfolm reel 12