St. Andrew’s and St. George’s West Church, Edinburgh

This evening, I am posting information on the historic, 18th century Presbyterian church of St. Andrew’s and St. George’s in George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This church was the venue for the Disruption at the Church of Scotland General Assembly in 1843 when 121 ministers and 73 elders left the established Church of Scotland on doctrinal issues and established the Free Church of Scotland. 

Here are the salient features from an architectural perspective:

  • Designed by Major Andrew Fraser and  completed 1785.
  • Spire added 1789. This was designed by William Sibbald and executed by Alexander Stevens.
  • The design was the result of a competition and may have been copied from an Italian original.
  • Corinthian portico fronts the oval auditorium.
  • The flat ceiling is in the style of Adam and features thistles, grapes, roses and swags.
  • The pulpit is original and dates from 1784.
  • Six painted windows were installed in 1890 with stained glass windows following in 20th century.
  • The exterior is eliptical, possibly due to confines of space or an attempt to copy the eliptical Pantheon. 

St. Andrew’s & St. George’s West Church, Edinburgh

St. Andrew’s & St. George’s West Church, Edinburgh

An impressive building located in a street well populated with similar buildings of historical and architectural importance from the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

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