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MIDTOWN,INVERASDALE,SCHOOL,FORMER FREE CHURCHLB12919

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
29/04/1991
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Gairloch
NGR
NG 82131 84957
Coordinates
182131, 884957

Description

early-mid 19th century.2-storey,bay,thought to have been built as a school,posibly by the highland educational society with mnaster's house on upper floor,later in use as a free church meeting hall,ground floor may have been in domestic use briefly,but no evidence of conversion.currently direlict (1991) rubble,formerly harled,mostly 4-pane sash and case windows,grey slates,slate-corniced stacks.

front (s) elevation:central door blocked to form window.gabled,slated porch addition of early date at left,window to right.3 windows at 1st floor.skylights to attic.

rear (N):central forestair,1stfloor doorway in lean-to porch.windows flanking only at ground.skylight to attic.window at 1st floor to each gable retaining 12 pane glazing pattern.

interior:boarded timber v-lined schoolroom at ground floor,some loose furnishings from later church use.

Statement of Special Interest

documented in the OS name book as a '2-storey house,slated and in good repair,the ground floor is used as a school and the upper floor as a dwelling for the teacher.in addition to fees,the teachers salary is paid and the school maintained by the highland educational society,edinburgh'.this gaelic society was established circa 1811;it was unusual for the society to build a school,they usually used existing buildings and purpose built examples are rare.it is therefore possible that this was built by another organisation-possibly the free church in the 1840s and reused.the statistical account documents 9 schools in the parish in 1836,eight of which were society schools john h dixon describes the building in 1886 as:'a tall house,formerly the school.the large room in the building is now used as a place of worship by the members of the free church'.ten years later,the building is described in the 1896-97 valuation roll as a house and garden,in the ownership of sir kenneth mackenzie.

References

Bibliography

OS name book,ross-shire v7-13 rh4/23/167 p103.OS map,1st edition,surveyed 1875 valuation roll 1896-97.john h dixon gairloch 1886 p333 NSA 1836 information supplied by sheriff and mrs murdoch.

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