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Gilmerton, 6 Ravenscroft Street, Gilmerton Parish Church with Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.905 / 55°54'17"N

Longitude: -3.1331 / 3°7'59"W

OS Eastings: 329253

OS Northings: 668564

OS Grid: NT292685

Mapcode National: GBR 60K5.H2

Mapcode Global: WH6ST.VV61

Entry Name: Gilmerton, 6 Ravenscroft Street, Gilmerton Parish Church with Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 15 April 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 389672

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43259

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton

Traditional County: Midlothian

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1837. Transepts, porch and gatepiers added 1882 by John G Adams. Small, simple Romanesque church. Squared and coursed cream sandstone with polished ashlar dressings to E gable, squared and snecked rubble with stugged ashlar dressings to sides and rear, stonecleaned. Base course, cill course, eaves course, corner buttresses with steep batters. Round-arched window and door openings. Grey slates, ashlar coped stack at rear.

SE ELEVATION: gable to road, buttressed at corners. Later, low central gabled and finialled porch interrupting original Venetian window; round-headed doorway with roll-moulded surround and string-mould, double timber boarded doors with large ornamental cast-iron hinges. Small window to each return. Venetian window to gable with colonnettes, simple tracery to centre light. Ashlar belfry corbelled out from gablehead, open with round arches openings supported by engaged colonnettes, corbelled cornice and conical stone roof with finial.

NE and SW ELEVATIONS: single, tall window to outer bay, later 3-bay lean-to transepts adjoining, each with central door and flanking windows and window on each return.

NW ELEVATION: harled. Round window to gable, single storey vestry adjoining at ground floor.

INTERIOR: remodelled 1882, large basket-arched opening to each transept supported by beam. Natural timber pews and high table furniture, boarded timber dado. Simple compartmentalised ceiling. Pulpit 1893, organ 1962. Stained glass of Bible stories in Venetian window gifted by Anderson family of Moredun, 1887 Anderson memorial plaque in SW aisle. Stained glass also to Torrence window (NW return of SW transept) and rose window in arched recess to NW gable.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: 2 pairs of ashlar gatepiers, probably 1883 with gablet caps linked by low rubble quadrant walls with pyramidal coping to road supporting railings. Random rubble walls to sides with rubble cope.

Statement of Interest

Built as a chapel of ease for Liberton Parish Church. The first Minister departed in 1843 to set up the Liberton Free Church at Northfield. The 1882 alterations were largely financed by William Ford of Fernieside who also gifted the pulpit.

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