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‘An enduring sense of calm’

John R Hume considers the merits of a post-war Edinburgh church which started in a temporary hut.

THE church of this congregation was started in a temporary hut hall in 1939, which was extended twice after the end of the Second World War, in 1946 and again in 1949.

After that war there was an immediate need to house returning servicemen and women, and to replace sub-standard housing in town and cities.

This imperative coincided with the start of formal Town and Country Planning, given statutory force by an Act of Parliament in 1947. As a consequence in the larger towns and cities new housing areas were planned on the outskirts of existing built-up areas.

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In this month's issue: Scotland's Crosses - the oldest Christian symbols ‘My journey has been long and difficult’ - Rev Boitumelo Johanna Gaborone, a minister with the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa The Kirk, The Festival and The Fringe - The Church of Scotland’s role in the history of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe