Basic Site Details

Name: Dunbar Parish Church
Town, district or village: Dunbar
City or county: East Lothian
Country: Scotland
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Notes: The alterations at Dunbar Parish Church have been accomplished. The whole of the interior has been removed, and the large area has been sub-divided into nave and aisles by means of an arcade of five arches and pillars on each side. A semi-octagonal apse has been thrown out at the east end, opening into the nave with a. large chancel arch, and having a minister's vestry on one side and an organ chamber on the other. Two of the apse windows contain stained glass. The nave ceiling has been opened out and raised. The tracery front of the old gallery has been worked into the front of the end gallery, and the steps of the old stairs have been used again in the staircases. The Dunbar monument now stands on the floor level of the church, against the east wall of the north aisle, completely restored. The work has been carried out from the designs, and under the supervision, of Messrs W & J. Hay, architects, of Liverpool, by Messrs Robert Hall & Co, of Galashiels, and by local tradesmen.- Glasgow Herald. [Builder 1 May 1897 page 405]

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618181821 Original church by James Gillespie Graham
Item 2 of 61897  Addition of chancel by W and J Hay of Liverpool
Item 3 of 626 July 1901  Alterations for organ
Item 4 of 6November 19311932 Furnishings - chair, memorial panel, pulpit and canopy
Item 5 of 6After 1951 Build/constructionWar memorial oak screen
Item 6 of 619871991Restoration 


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 18James Gillespie Graham  18181821Original church
Item 2 of 18James Murdoch Hay A1897 Reconstruction, and addition of chancel
Item 3 of 18W & J Hay A1897 Reconstruction, and addition of chancel
Item 4 of 18William Hardie Hay A1897 Reconstruction, and addition of chancel
Item 5 of 18Anderson & Browne C1901 Alterations for organ
Item 6 of 18John More Dick Peddie C1901 Alterations for organ
Item 7 of 18Peddie & Washington Browne C1901 Alterations for organ
Item 8 of 18John Fraser Matthew B19311932Furnishings - chair, memorial panel, pulpit and canopy
Item 9 of 18Lorimer & Matthew B19311932Furnishings - chair, memorial panel, pulpit and canopy
Item 10 of 18Oldfield Simpson & Saul AAfter 1951 War memorial oak screen
Item 11 of 18Robert Alison Crighton Simpson KAfter 1951 War memorial oak screen
Item 12 of 18Campbell & Arnott D19871991Restoration
Item 13 of 18Christopher Thomas Butler-Cole D19871991Restoration
Item 14 of 18J J Armitage D19871991Restoration
Item 15 of 18John ('Ian') Emslie Arnott D19871991Restoration
Item 16 of 18William ('Bill') David Campbell D19871991Restoration
Item 17 of 18William Hugh MacKenzie Small D19871991Restoration
Item 18 of 18Douglas Philip Jarvie Laird D19891991Restoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 4McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  pp181-3
Item 3 of 4New Statistical Account of Scotland New Statistical Account of Scotland  ii, p80
Item 4 of 4Walker, David M2002Presbyterian Variations on Themes by Sharpe and Pugin:The Scottish Work of the Hays of Liverpool Architectural Heritage XIII, Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, pp99-127p124

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder1 May 1897  p405

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register24842 
Item 2 of 5Location to be checkedDunbar Dean of Guild drawings no 149
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR D/7
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Fraser Matthew: F no2945 (box 14)
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Simpson: F no 4680 (Combined Box 29)