This beautiful elliptical church with its delicate spire and Adam-style plaster ceiling has been described as the architectural gem of the New Town. It was the first church built in the New Town, in 1784, and it was designed by Major Andrew Frazer. Two churches, one St Andrew’s (for Scotland) and the other St George’s (for England), were planned as principal elements in the New Town and originally intended to face each other down the length of George Street, but Sir Laurence Dundas acquired the intended plot in St Andrew’s Square first and built his town house, relegating the church to its present position. The elegant Corinthian portico beckons you in to the delicate oval interior with its fine plasterwork and sweeping gallery. Two fine 20th-century stained glass windows, one by Douglas Strachan (1875-1950), the other by Alfred Webster (1884-1915). Organ by Wells-Kennedy 1984. Peal of eight bells.
Sundays: 9.00am (Communion), 9.45am, 11.00am; Weekday Prayers: 1.00pm
Open all year, Monday to Friday 10.00am-3.00pm.
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