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  • Edinburgh


  • Construction and engineering
  • Religion


  • Amateur
  • Religion


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 2098

Date: 1953

Director: [filmed by Robin Chalmers]

Sound: silent

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9.43 mins

Description: The construction of Carrick Knowe church in Edinburgh, the first stone-built church to be built after World War II.

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Shotlist: [Please note this film has been shotlisted at 25fps. Actual speed is generally 18fps, and overall timing at 18fps is 12.53 mins]

Shots of rooftops in the district surrounding the church (0.34) title Since November 30, 1937, the hall has been in use. War interrupted the building of the church. Shots of church hall in use for service (looks to be a christening and communion ceremony, as well as flags being placed (?) (1.21) Work on the church started at last, October 1950. General views of construction (1.42) Then followed the steel erectors. Shots of steel frame of church (1.57) Conference. Site meeting, Revd. Chalmers and colleagues inspect the progress (2.13) An almost forgotten art. Stonemason at work (2.36) 23 June 1951. Shot of page from programme for laying of the foundation stone by the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Hector MacNeil. Shots of the ceremony, service is conducted outside, in half built church building, people sing hymns. People leave the building (4.48) Cake being cut, Reverend looks on (4.56) Work continues. General views of construction (5.22) Progress! Construction continued, including the laying and hammering into position of slate tiles on the roof. Includes shot of the workmen throwing blocks of slate along a chain of workmen, from ground level to roof of the church (6.23) Reverend and another man inspect documents in office, and look at picture of completed church on wall (6.31) March 1953. Opening and dedication. General views of the opening service, including ints (1.54) Children's service. Shots of same (8.18) The first wedding. Shots of bride and groom and wedding party outside church, and getting showered in confetti, shot of them leaving by car The End (9.16)