MHG56946 - WWI Naval hospital ward - Invergordon

Summary

A ward building for a former WWI naval hospital, constructed close to a WWI army camp to the immediate northwest of Invergordon.

Type and Period (1)

  • HOSPITAL WARD (First World War - 1914 AD? to 1918 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A ward buildinng for a former WWI naval hospital, constructed close to a WWI army camp to the immediate northwest of Invergordon.

According to the First World War map of the Invergordon Naval Base (held in a private collection) the hospital comprised the main building, which is still extant, and an observation hut to the rear. To the W of the existing building were the staff quarters and the ward to the rear. Two further buildings lie to the N of the ward. The 4th edition of the OS 6-inch map shows the main hospital building as a school. During the Second World War a map (held in a private collection) shows the building became HMS Flora, with an air raid shelter to the rear.
Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) and (AKK) 2 August 2013.

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS. <1>

The site was investigated in 2015 as part of the ARCH project 'Invergordon in World War I'. This building (Site 144, NGR 270532 868739) is labelled 'Ward' on WWI plans. Strangely it does not appear to be on the WWI aerial photograph, although there is a mark in the field, and perhaps it is not yet constructed (or alternatively, has been the first to be removed). It does not appear in the 1930 aerial photograph. An aerial photograph shows that the other buildings around the main building were single storey wooden huts. <2>

At least three versions of a WWI Naval plan survive, two in private collection which probably date to wartime, and one in the National Archives (MPI 1/641/4) which dates to 1921. On all three the buildings taken over or built by the Navy are shaded, but there are a few discrepancies between the plans. One of the plans in private collection has enlarged details, but only shows the Admiralty buildings and not others in the town. Valuation Rolls also indicate some buildings not shaded on our plans were taken over by the military. It is clear from contemporary photographs that the army built additional buildings, particularly north of Cromlet Drive. <3>

See MHG56916 for general record for the hospital site.


<1> Barclay, G.J., 2014, The Built Heritage of the First World War in Scotland: The report of a project commissioned by Historic Scotland & RCAHMS (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG27124.


<2> ARCH, 2015, Invergordon in World War I, Site 144 (Dataset). SHG27123.


<3> Kruse, S., 2016, Email regarding WWI Admiralty plans for Invergordon, 19/01/2016 (Text/Correspondence). SHG27125.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 7053 6873 (36m by 21m)
Map sheet NH76NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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