West Register House – Two centuries in the heart of Edinburgh

Open Book

has returned to Edinburgh and East Lothian and the theme of this year’s festival is “Standing Strong”, highlighting the value of regular building maintenance and community approaches to looking after buildings and places.

As archivists, conservators, and collectors of data, (NRS) we cast our eyes down to consult archives and records. For Doors Open Days 2022 however, we’re asking you to look up – high above the bustling streets, to the skyline of Edinburgh’s New Town.

West Register House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh
West Register House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

West Register House in Charlotte Square is a Category A listed building in the heart of the site. Built in the early nineteenth century with an impressive, imposing façade, it was originally St George’s Church, one of the congregations which later broke away from the Church of Scotland during the Disruption of 1843 to form the Free Church of Scotland.

The original, unrealised 1791 design for St George’s…

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