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Tron Kirk Church Also known as Visitor Information Centre

 

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  • Tron Kirk Church, Edinburgh
  • Tron Kirk Church, Edinburgh
  • Tron Kirk Church, Edinburgh

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  • The history of Tron Kirk began when Edinburgh was appointed a city by Charles the First, and the king ordered a new grand church befitting the status of the newborn city to be built.
  • Following the purchase of the land for 1,000, construction ran from 1636 to 1647 with a design by John Mylne being built. Mylin did an interesting mix of Palladian and Scottish Baronial that was in fashion at the time and much favoured by the king whose tastes he was familiar with thanks to his position as the royal mason.
  • 1824 saw a fire break out in the church and the spire had to be rebuilt following that. With heavier neo-classical elements including four prominent corner columns on the upper part of the tower reflecting the late Georgian architecture which was proving so popular in Edinburgh at the time.
  • The building was used as a church until 1952, and then abandoned. Edinburgh City Council purchased the building and the inside was gutted. The former church has gone through a variety of uses since including that of a visitor information centre, however none of them have been permanent.

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Architect
John Mylne

Reference Data

Reference No.
3780
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
25-05-2011
 

Building Location

Address
122 Royal Mile, Edinburgh. EH1 1QW
Council
City of Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Region
Scotland
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1637
Completion date
1663
Renovation Date
1828
Heritage Status
Grade I

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
52.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
40.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Museum


Land Costs
£1,000.00
Date of Purchase
1637

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