Basic Site Details

Name: Magdalene Asylum
Town, district or village: Dalry
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: C Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh Civil Defence Headquarters  
Item 2 of 2Springwell HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Psychiatric hospital  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Ardmillan TerraceYes 
Item 2 of 2Gorgie RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11861 Design exhibited 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3Charles LeadbetterArchitect, EngineerA1861 Design exhibited
Item 2 of 3James W SmithArchitectA1861 Design exhibited
Item 3 of 3Leadbetter & SmithArchitectural practiceA1861 Design exhibited

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Dalry Girls ReformatoryThe Dabry(sic) Reformatory is not far distant from the old High Kirk. The original foundation was in “the Causewayside” but opposition and other causes has led to the construction of the present more removed structure - probably leading to much more the efficacy of the Institution, The cost of the new building - over £1,000, has been defrayed principally through the exertions of those who originated the scheme. The building was opened on the 21st ult. It is a substantial house of three stories, having very much the appearance of a good-sized villa, and is surrounded by a boundary wall, which encloses about three-quarters of an acre of land, partly laid out as a garden and partly as a bleaching green and play-ground. Internally it is fitted up in a plain and substantial style, and contains - besides cooking and washing rooms, laundry, sick-room etc and the apartments of the matron and teacher - three large halls, about 40 feet by 16 feet, built over each other, and extending across the whole breadth of the house. The lowest, on the ground-floor, is the school-room, and the two upper ones are dormitories, and are each supplied with about twenty iron single bedsteads, arranged in two rows along the room. [Building News 6 December 1861 p967]

Adjoining Magdalene Asylum.
Building survives as Springwell House
Architect for the original building not given


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1RSA1861   127

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register26743