Edinburgh Tabernacle

(former Inverleith Parish Church)

Inverleith Parish Church – Click to enlarge

Inverleith Parish Church (former Free Church)

Photo: D King, date: ?

Inverleith Parish Church
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Name and Denomination

Original Name Granton and Wardie Free Church
Original Denomination Free Church of Scotland
1900-1929 United Free Church of Scotland
Subsequent Name Inverleith Parish Church
Subsequent Denomination Church of Scotland
Present Name Edinburgh Tabernacle
Current Denomination Redeemed Christian Church of God

This church may also have been known as St. James Free Church (presumably at some point before 1929).

Design and Construction

Built Architect
1880-1881 Hardy & Wight

Some of the Ministers – Church of Scotland

Date Name
1952 Rev Arthur A Cowan, D.D.
1960 (vacant)
1974 Rev D M Macdonald, D.D.
2008 Rev D Hugh Davidson

Pastor – Edinburgh Tabernacle

Date Name
(2016) Ibiye Iyalla

This church is located on Inverleith Gardens, part of Ferry Road, at the top of Granton Road.

It replaced a temporary corrugated iron hut on the corner of Granton Road and Wardie Crescent where the Free Church of Scotland congregation had worshipped since 1874. This temporary building was the first church to be established in the Granton area.

The manse at 43 Inverleith Gardens, to the west of the church, was also designed by Hardy & Wright, in 1881.

The interior of the building was damaged by a fire in 1937, following which the wooden panelled roof, organ case and pulpit were replaced.

The congregation merged with the congregation of the nearby St. Serf’s Church in 2011, the united congregation being known as Inverleith St. Serf’s. The Inverleith buildings were initially used as halls for the merged congregation but were subsequently sold to the Edinburgh Tabernacle.

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