Basic Site Details

Name: Rosehall UP Church
Town, district or village: Newington
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Design competition held 1877.
Cost of building 8675.

EDINBURGH. - On Saturday afternoon the foundation-stone of a new UP church at Rosehall, Edinburgh, was laid. The church, the walls of which have already reached a considerable height above ground, is in the Early Italian style of architecture, though the French Romanesque predominates to some extent in the details of the work. The plan is cruciform. At each side of the front facing Dalkeith-road there is an entrance porch, from which stairs to the galleries are carried up inside two flanking towers placed at the junction of nave and transepts. The height of these towers will be about 70 feet, and they, as well as the whole of the Dalkeith road and Marchhall-road frontages, are being built of polished ashlar. The estimated cost of the building, which is being erected from plans by Messrs Sutherland and J Russell Walker, architects, Edinburgh, is 6,000. [Building News 17 October 1879 page 475]

Font by John Rhind of 1881

Check DPM drawings - DPM lists the 1900 drawings as competition drawings but date wrong.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Priestfield ChurchYes 
Item 2 of 2Rosehall UF 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 299, Dalkeith RoadYes 
Item 2 of 2Marchhall PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41877  Design competition
Item 2 of 418791880Construction 
Item 3 of 412 December 1880  Opened
Item 4 of 41901  Alterations


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 9James Sutherland A1877 Won competition to secure job
Item 2 of 9John Russell Walker A1877 Won competition to secure job
Item 3 of 9Sutherland & Walker A1877 Won competition to secure job
Item 4 of 9James Sutherland B18791880Construction
Item 5 of 9John Russell Walker B18791880Construction
Item 6 of 9Sutherland & Walker B18791880Construction
Item 7 of 9George Washington Browne C1901 Alterations
Item 8 of 9John More Dick Peddie C1901 Alterations
Item 9 of 9Peddie & Washington Browne C1901 Alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp635

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder20 October 1877XXXV p1051
Item 2 of 3Builder19 July 1879XXXVII Original building (p800)
Item 3 of 3Building News17 October 1879  p475 - foundation stone Original building

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30267 
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1900/58/1