Barclay Church, Edinburgh

Barclay Church, Edinburgh

Denomination:   Church of Scotland
Address:   Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HW
Local Authority:   Edinburgh
Listing:   A

Church Overview

This church is architect Frederick T Pilkington’s greatest achievement, called the Barclay Church after Mary Barclay whose legacy paid for its building. The church was designed in 1864 and makes the best use of a restricted site, soaring upwards with tiered galleries giving space not available at ground level. The church originally had seating for 1,200. The vertical emphasis comes from clustered gables and a 230-ft spire which is a well-known landmark. Pilkington used stone to great effect: the large roughly cut blocks of stone of the arches contrast with delicate carved foliage in the column capitals. Spectacular heart-shaped theatrical interior with two tiers of galleries and a painted ceiling. The vibrant colours give an overall effect of richness and the eye is drawn upwards to the roof: a dramatic fusion of king- and queen-post construction. Organ originally by Hope-Jones, reconstructed by Lewis, the case is by Sydney Mitchell.


Sundays: 11.00am and 6.30pm.

Opening Arrangements

Open by arrangement


Access for partially abled  Induction loop for the deaf  toilets available

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Barclay Church, Edinburgh


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