MHG14886 - Masonic Hall - Olrig Street, Thurso
Masonic Hall in Olrig Street, Thurso. It was originally built as the Drill Hall of the Thurso Company of Artillery Volunteers.
Type and Period (3)
- FREEMASONS HALL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1873 AD? to 2100 AD)
- (Former Type) DRILL HALL (Built, 19th Century - 1873 AD to 1873 AD)
- HOUSE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1873 AD? to 2100 AD)
David Smith, Thurso, architect, 1873. Rectangular Baronial 2-storey former drill hall, with symmetrical 5-bay frontage to Olrig Street (NE). Coursed rubble, contrasting tooled ashlar dressings; harled flanks and harl pointed rubble rear. <1>
Formerly the Drill Hall of the Thurso Company of Artillery Volunteers, raised in 1859. <2>
The building was assessed and considered for amendment by Historic Environment Scotland as part of the Drill Halls Listing Review 2015-16. It was recommended that the building remain listed at Category C, and the listing address and listed building record would be amended. <3>
The listing address and listed building record were amended by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016. <4>
Former Volunteer Drill Hall, designed by David Smith, Thurso, architect, opened in late 1873 and built at cost of nearly £700. The ground floor was the instructors accommodation with Drill Hall (now Masonic Hall) above it. By 1914 it had gone out of use as a drill hall, which had moved to Sinclair Street (see MHG36765). Recorded as part of HS and RCAHMS World War One Audit Project in 2013. <5> <6> <7>
- <1> SHG24041 Dataset: Historic Scotland. Information Supplementary to the Statutory List (This information has no legal significance). Digital. HB Number 42009.
- <2> SHG25033 Text/Publication/Article: Watson, G. 1996. The Artillery Batteries at Mey and Castletown (Caithness Field Club Bulletin Vol. 5 Number 8). Caithness Fld Club Bulletin. Volume 5, Number 8.
- <3> SHG27436 Text/Designation Notification/List of Buildings: Historic Environment Scotland. 2016. Assessment against the listing criteria: Masonic Hall (former Drill Hall), Olrig Street, Thurso. Historic Environment Scotland. 13/04/2016. Digital.
- <4> SHG27439 Text/Designation Notification/List of Buildings: Fraser, D.. 2016. New listings and amendments: results of the Drill Hall Review Project. Historic Environment Scotland. 08/06/2016. Digital.
- <5> SHG23282 Interactive Resource/Online Database: RCAHMS. Canmore, online database of the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). 173950.
- <6> SHG27124 Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Barclay, G.J.. 2014. The Built Heritage of the First World War in Scotland: The report of a project commissioned by Historic Scotland & RCAHMS. Unaffiliated. Digital. pp. 57, Table 29.
- <7> SHG28062 Collection/Project Archive: Kilpatrick, A K. 2014. RCAHMS World War One Survey Project. Digital. Site 267.
|Grid reference||Centred ND 1146 6855 (25m by 20m)|
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External Links (2)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB42009 (View online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/173950 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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