Frederick Thomas Pilkington

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Barclay Church, Edinburgh

Frederick Thomas Pilkington (1832 – October 1898) was a Scottish architect, practising in the Victorian High Gothic revival style.


Frederick Thomas Pilkington's father practised as an architect, and he himself was an architect in Edinburgh from 1860 to 1883. In Edinburgh, Pilkington concentrated on churches for the Free Church of Scotland, where worship focused not on a nave and altar, but on the pulpit and the "Word of God". Pilkington developed a new style of church building which accorded with the fashionable Gothic style but was adapted for the worship needs of the Free Church of Scotland.

Notable Buildings[edit]

Buildings in Edinburgh[edit]

  • Barclay Church 1862-4
  • 38 Dick Place (Pilkington's own house which he called Egremont, built within the Grange Park House estate), 1865–1870
  • 48–50 Dick Place, 1864
  • 158–164 Grove Street, 1864
  • Kingston Clinic, 1867–69
  • 1–7 Coltbridge Terrace, 1869
  • St David and St Oswald's, Viewforth, 1871
  • 129–131 Grange Loan, 1872
  • Daniel Stewart's Boarding House (formerly Dean Park House), 1874
  • 3 Queensferry Terrace, Dean Park House Stable Block, 1874
  • 8 Spylaw Road, mid-1870s
  • 39–51 Deanhaugh Street, 1880–81

Elsewhere in Scotland[edit]

Later life[edit]

In 1883, Pilkington moved to London and began work on the Army and Navy Hotel on Victoria Street and started to design residential flats for both the Artisans, Labourers & General Dwellings Company and for the middle-classes. This second category of flats include Campden Hill Court in Kensington and York Mansions in Battersea. Pilkington did not see the completion of York Mansions, his last commission, as he died before its completion in 1901.