GDS Church Film ‘An Architectural Pilgrimage of Seven Churches Becoming One’

Image credit: Mr H / Gorgie Parish Church, Gorgie Road, Edinburgh / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church have created a series of short films An Architectural Pilgrimage of Seven Churches Becoming One‘ about the history of GDS Church and the surrounding area, as part of the virtual Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2020. Parts 1 and 2 include 19th Century local history of Gorgie and Dalry, and maps that may be of interest to those interested in our area’s heritage.

An Architectural Pilgrimage of Seven Churches Becoming One – Part 1: Haymarket, Dalry & St.Bride’s – The Story of Saltyard

Our [GDS Church] first video for Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2020 is Part 1 of a 3 part series on the history of the seven churches that were unified into GDS Church through 6 separate unions. This is a story of local history spanning 149 years and the length of Dalry Road and Gorgie Road. If you’ve lived in the Gorgie, Dalry or Stenhouse areas at any point in your life, or simply passed through regularly, we hope you will find this series interesting and that it will bring you some interesting local knowledge you didn’t already know. We have called this series ‘An Architectural Pilgrimage of Seven Churches Becoming One’ as we will mainly follow the story from the perspective of the different buildings that have hosted the faithful of Gorgie, Dalry and Stenhouse over the past century and a half.

To see what St. Bride’s Centre is up to today, see https://stbridescentre.com/

For Saltyard, more information can be found here: https://www.gdschurch.org.uk/gds-saltyard-the-dalry-building

An Architectural Pilgrimage of Seven Churches Becoming One – Part 2: Tynecastle Churches – The Story of GDS Gorgie

Our [GDS Church] second video for Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2020 is Part 2 of a 3 part series on the history of the seven churches that were unified into GDS Church through 6 separate unions. This is a story of local history spanning 149 years and the length of Dalry Road and Gorgie Road. If you’ve lived in the Gorgie, Dalry or Stenhouse areas at any point in your life, or simply passed through regularly, we hope you will find this series interesting and that it will bring you some  local knowledge you didn’t already know. We have called this series ‘An Architectural Pilgrimage of Seven Churches Becoming One’ as we will mainly follow the story from the perspective of the different buildings that have hosted the faithful of Gorgie, Dalry and Stenhouse over the past century and a half.

Part 3 will be a video about the history of the church in Stenhouse.

If you would like to look at historic maps of the area, you can use the National Library of Scotland’s online maps tool: https://maps.nls.uk/

Click ‘Find By Place’, which opens a map of the UK, and zoom into our area. The legend on the left has a drop-down menu of the types and dates of maps available to browse. There is a handy Help window which pops up to guide you through searching the maps

Thank you GDS Church for sharing these snippets of Gorgie and Dalry history!


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