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Newhaven Free Church (St Andrew’s)

Newhaven Free Church (St Andrew’s) – Click to enlarge

Newhaven Free Church (St Andrew’s)

Photo: D King, 01/03/2008

Newhaven Free Church (St Andrew’s) – Click to enlarge

Newhaven Free Church (St Andrew’s)

Photo: W Henderson, 17/03/2008

Newhaven Free Church (St Andrew’s)
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Name and Denomination

Original Name Newhaven Free Church
Original Denomination Free Church of Scotland
1900-1929 United Free Church of Scotland
Final Name Newhaven St Andrew’s Parish Church
Final Denomination Church of Scotland

Design and Construction

Built Architect
1852 J Anderson Hamilton

The congregation of this church originated in 1843, when they left the Church of Scotland along with many other at the Disruption.

The church was substantially rebuilt in 1882-1883, when a tower and spire were added. The architect for this work was Wallace & Flockhart.

Follow the link below (Information about building) for more details.

Following the re-unification of most of the congregations of the United Free Church of Scotland with the Church of Scotland in 1929, the congregation and church were once more part of the Church of Scotland, and the congregation re-joined the Church of Scotland congregation in the older Newhaven Parish Church in 1974.

Some of the Ministers

Date Name
1952 Rev D H Neilson M.A.
1960 Rev W Birrell M.A.
1974 (vacant)

In the late nineteenth century, the minister was Rev David Kilpatrick. He was also, for over 25 years, Chairman of Leith School Board and had a school named after him – David Kilpatrick School in North Junction Street, Leith. The school was completed in 1915 but requisitioned for use as a military hospital and the first pupils did not use it until 1919. Ferrylee Care Home now stands on the site.

Incribed stone from David Kilpatrick School – Click to enlarge

Incribed stone from David Kilpatrick School

Photo: D King, 02/07/2011

Inscribed stone
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The church was sold after closure, and is now home to the Alien Rockexternal link indoor climbing centre. A climbing wall has been built almost to the full height of the roof, requiring the removal of the galleries, but the exterior of the building remains unaltered.

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