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Reid Memorial Church

The church was built by Willian Crambe Reid to fulfil his father's dying wish and was designed in 1928 by the architect Leslie Grahame Thomson.

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

Opening times

Open by arrangement.


West Saville Terrace
City of Edinburgh

The soaring tower brings to mind the architect's inspiration of the Ascension and it does indeed have rather incongruous cathedral like proportions sitting in this Edinburgh suburb. It is of the neo-Perpendicular style.

There is a recessed window in the west end illuminating a dramatic entrance. The layout follows the cruciform design, which is clearly seen. There is much beautiful stone carving and stained glass by Arts and Crafts designers: the painting on the reredos is by William R Lawson and the stained glass by James Ballantine.

At the east end of the church, the architecture is less monumental and there is a lovely, intimate cloister court and a peaceful garden. Look for the carved panel of 'Christ at the well of Samaria' by Alexander Carrick.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • National heritage here

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of Scotland

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