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Tollbooth Kirk Also known as The Assembley Hall, St. John's Tolbooth and The Hub

 

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  • Tollbooth Kirk was built for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and is one of the most externally extravagant and decorated examples of Victorian Gothic Revival.
  • The hexagonal spire is built from a design by Augustus Pugin who was a friend of Graham. Originally planned for St George's Church (now cathedral) in Southwark it was never realised there due to lack of funds.
  • As a result of giving the design to his friend, Pugin received little credit for it in his lifetime despite it's almost immediate iconic status on Edinburgh's skyline as the highest point in the city centre.

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Architect
James Gillespie Graham
Augustus Pugin
Developer
Church of Scotland

Reference Data

Reference No.
1767
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
29-10-2011
 

Building Location

Address
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh. EH1
Council
City of Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Region
Scotland
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1842
Completion date
1845
Style
Gothic Revival

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
74.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship
Secondary Use
Office


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