St Leonards-in-the-Fields & Trinity Church

St. Leonards-in-the-Fields & Trinity Church, Perth
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St. Leonards-in-the-Fields & Trinity Church, Perth

An ornate A-listed Neo-Gothic building in Marshall Place, on the southern edge of the grid-pattern of streets which forms the centre of Perth, St Leonards-in-the-Fields & Trinity Church overlooks the South Inch. Built 1882-85 by Glasgow architect J. J. Stevenson (1831 - 1908), the building gives the impression of both a grand scale and considerable antiquity, with a tall nave, buttressed aisles and a crown-spire on a square tower modelled on that of St. Giles Kirk in Edinburgh. The semi-octagonal apse inspired by the 15th century apse of the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling.

The interior is Late Gothic with many Neo-Jacobean features. There is a Neo-Jacobean chimney-piece in the vestibule within the tower and a large oak pulpit is located at the western end. The organ is by Bryceson, Son & Ellis of London and dates from 1881. It was built for the former Morningside United Presbyterian Church (later North Morningside Parish Church and now the Eric Liddell Centre), and moved here in 1985 and installed in a modern ash case.

Attached at a right-angle to the northwest corner of the church is the church hall and session-room - very Jacobean, with crow-stepped gables. There is also a modern kitchen and a well-equipped office staffed by a part-time secretary.

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