Building work in front of

St Patrick's Church

40 High Street, Edinburgh

The south-facing side of the church, facing onto the Cowgate

November 2007

Looking across Cowgate towards St Patrick's Church.

Building work in front of St Patrick's Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh  -  Photograph  -  November 2007

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                           Photograph taken November 20, 2007


Building work in front of

St Patrick's Church

New Hotel

Building work is well underway in the SW corner of the church grounds on a new 900,000,  73-bedroom 'Express Inn' hotel. 

The five-storey, sandstone and glass hotel is being built on land leased from St Patrick's Church.  Funds from the leasing are to be used to build a new Community Hall behind the hotel.

Edinburgh Evening News, June 11, 2007


Here is a view, taken in 2005, looking across the Cowgate to the church:

St Patrick's Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh  -  Photograph 2005


Thank you to Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, who wrote:

To the East of the Church

"The frontage of St. Pats is still as you see it in the photo above.

The Travel Lodge hotel, facing on to St Mary's Street, is actually the old Ben Line offices and is built up alongside the east wall of the chapel."

The Travelodge Hotel can be seen in the photo below, which looks down the Pleasance and across to St Mary Street.

Looking down the Pleasance towards Holyrood Road and St Mary Street

Refurbished Church

"As you can see the church has all been refurbished and is magnificent, all light and airy. They do not use the front entrance now, the area at the rear of the building has been partitioned off and is now used for office space etc. Everyone now enters by the side entrance next to the chapel house."

To the West of the Church

"There is also a new building which is going up on what used to be the large water tank during the war, then it was a bowling green, but because it did not get enough use it was converted to a garden.   Unfortunately it was not looked after properly and became a bit of a dump.

When the new building is finished it will not encroach on the view of the front elevation of the building but it will make it look hemmed in."

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburg:  December 10, 2007.


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