MHG56990 - WWI Naval canteen - Invergordon


A WWI Naval canteen to the immediate north of Invergordon. Subsequently used as the Invergordon Distillery Social Club.

Type and Period (2)

  • CANTEEN (First World War - 1914 AD to 1918 AD)
  • SOCIAL CLUB (20th Century - 1946 AD? to 2000 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A WWI Naval canteen to the immediate north of Invergordon.

The site was investigated in 2015 as part of the ARCH project 'Invergordon in World War I'. A WWI Naval plan in private possesion shows a group of buildings near the current Invergordon Academy. They are labelled Naval Recreation Room, and the largest building of the group is labelled 'R.N. Canteen'. The nearby grassed area was used as playing fields and for other recreation activities. <1>

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. <2>

On OS maps dating to 1968, this building is shown as having been extended to the rear and is labelled 'Invergordon Distillery Social Club'.

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Grid reference Centred NH 7082 6907 (39m by 56m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH76NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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