Basic Site Details

Name: Hedgefield House
Town, district or village: Inverness
City or county: Inverness-shire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: The only time it was a hospital was as a Red Cross Auxiliary hospital 1915-19.
It opened in August 1915 when it received 20 wounded Scottish soldiers. Its medical officer was Dr Reid and Miss Mary Agnes Sinclair was its only matron. By October, it had expanded to 24 beds and, in March 1916, it was described as ‘admirably fitted up and is altogether a model of what a small auxiliary hospital should be.’ It continued as such throughout the war remaining open until early March 1919 – the last of the area’s Red Cross Hospital to close.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Hedgefield Hostel and stable blockYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Hedgefield House, Culduthel RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51821  Original house built
Item 2 of 52 December 1846 Journal referenceAlterations and additions and new offices and garden walls
Item 3 of 531 January 1850 Journal referenceWalls and grounds
Item 4 of 51915 Alteration/conversionConversion to auxiliary hospital
Item 5 of 519621963Addition 


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 5George Rhind A1846 Alterations and additions and new offices and garden walls (including block to rear with shaped gables)
Item 2 of 5George Rhind B1850 Walls and grounds
Item 3 of 5Samuel Grant Alexander D1915 Conversion of original house to auxiliary hospital.
Item 4 of 5Edward Alexander Meldrum A19621963Extensions - as Deputy County Architect
Item 5 of 5Inverness County Architect's Office C19621963Extensions with Edward Medrum as Deputy County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp206

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 10Aberdeen Journal27 March 1916   
Item 2 of 10Aberdeen Journal17 February 1919   
Item 3 of 10Aberdeen Journal10 March 1919   
Item 4 of 10Aberdeen Journal5 April 1919   
Item 5 of 10Dundee Courier24 August 1915   
Item 6 of 10Dundee Courier5 April 1919   
Item 7 of 10Inverness Courier2 December 1846   
Item 8 of 10Inverness Courier31 January 1850   
Item 9 of 10Inverness Courier15 September 1915   
Item 10 of 10Inverness Journal8 June 1821   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Jim LeslieInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent May 2015
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Edward Alexander Meldrum's papers: A no12441 and F no5735 (Combined Box 97)