Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 55030 68034
255030, 668034


Charles Wilson, architect, 1841-3. Large Tudor style hospital

in 2 detached E-plan ranges set at right angles; 2 or 3

storeys; attics and basements. More elaborate W range for

wealthy patients, E range for the less fortunate, and

correspondingly plainer. Both of stugged ashlar with

polished margins and dressings; stonecleaned.

W RANGE: symmetrical N facade of 35 bays arranged with 11-bay

2-storey blocks with 3-bay 3-storey end pavilions. 7-bay

3-storey central paviion (containing Superintendent's flat)

rising to 4-storey tower over entrance. 4-centred arched

portals at pavilions with square-headed hoodmoulds and mask

label-stops (portrait heads of Victoria and Albert to centre).

Recessed architraved tripartite doorpiece to central pavilion

with glazed lights. All windows in roll-moulded reveals and

hood moulds. Single or bipartite with transoms and mullions;

tripartite at pavilions flanked by buttresses rising to tall

octagonal pinnacles.

Continuous roll-moulding at cills, deep plain parapet at eaves,

tall linked axial Tudor stacks. Flanks detailed as above.

REAR ELEVATION: coursed stugged ashlar; single light windows

with some full-height canted oriels. Linking flanks, tall

coursed rubble walls to gardens.

INTERIOR: central pavilion includes superintendent's private

apartments; private garden to rear. Wings (separate male and

female accommodation) with small private chambers opening off

wide galleries, some with original 3-arch timber screens.

E RANGE: 21 bays arranged with 3-bay 3-storey end pavilions

and 5-bay 3-storey central pavilions. Details as above except hood-moulds only to ground floor and label stops of doorpiece

simple blocks. S flank with 2 small ogee-domed pavilions

linking tall coursed rubble garden wall to S, (airing ground).

INTERIOR: with large dormitories, few smaller rooms off.

Large dining hall, now modernised.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as Royal Lunatic Asylum. Part of Gartnavel Royal B




Plans in NMRS showing proposed chapel built to link E and

W ranges. Information from Rev'd D Haley, Chaplain.

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We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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