St Margaret's Convent
Whitehouse Loan, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh
High Altar, St Margaret's Convent
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St Margaret's Convent
This postcard shows the High
Altar at St Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh. The inscription along the
front of the altar cloth is the first two lines of a Gregorian Chant.
Panis Angelorum, Factus cibis Viatorum"
"Behold the Bread of Angels, made the Food of
This postcard is one of three postcards showing the inside of
the convent. All three have been published by PTA. I don't
know when these photos were taken.
Here is the other two postcard:
Here is a postcard showing an
exterior view of the convent, facing onto Whitehouse Loan
Please click here to see
thumbnail images of St Margaret's Convent
Thank you to Jan Still, a former pupil of St Margaret's convent,
for sending me her recollections of:
- and (below) the High Altar
"It was a beautiful Alter when it was all
'dressed up', and one was terrified to spill candle grease when stubbing
out the candles. Lighting them was a lot easier!"
"The whole area was enclosed by the most
exquisite carved 'screen' all the way around. (there may be an
architectural name for this) which contained the Nuns' Pews and the Girls'
The Nuns' Pews formed part of the 'screen' -
and were inbuilt into the screen/enclosure. The Girls’ Pews were self
standing down the centre leading to the Alter, with the Postulants at the
back section of these pews.
All the seats would lift so that we could
kneel. These pews are difficult to describe. I don't know when they
were all carved but they were lovely."
"At the top of the domed carved 'gated'
entrance doors to the Alter, there was a beautifully carved 'Christ on the
Cross' with Mary and John at the foot of the Cross."
"The Chapel was cool inside, the wood carvings
had an aroma, and the residual scent of incense and candles gave the
chapel an great sense of Sanctity: However, I don’t think it rubbed off
on the majority of the Girls – we were too mischievous!"
"This photo brings back so many happy
memories. The Chapel was, at that time, awe inspiring and strangely
Unfortunately, I believe the carved
screen enclosure, Nuns' Pews, Girls' Pews and 'Christ on the Cross' have
all been taken away in the march to 'modernity': a great pity in my
Jan Still, Edinburgh, June 3, 2008