Basic Site Details

Name: St Cuthbert's Poorhouse
Town, district or village: Craigleith
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 1880 Extensions - Progress is being made with the work of providing accommodation for close upon 200 additional inmates at the St. Cuthbert's Poorhouse, Edinburgh, the walls of the wings which are to bo added being now above the level of the first floor. After various schemes for the enlargement of the building had been considered, one of those submitted by Messrs D. and J. Bryce, architects, was adopted and proceeded with. This mode of extension consists in the addition of a wing at either end in front of the edifice, the design and arrangement being, of course, in unison with the original design. The actual number of inmates for whom room will be made by the extension is 192, and the cost of the works contracted for is close upon 10,000. [Building News 23 July 1880 p110]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Craigleith Hospital and Poorhouse  
Item 2 of 4Craigleith Poor Law Hospital  
Item 3 of 4St Cuthbert's Poor Law Hospital  
Item 4 of 4Western General Hospital, Pediatric DepartmentYesSince 1929

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Crewe RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 918661868 Original building
Item 2 of 91880  Enlarged with addition of forecourt wings
Item 3 of 9After 1880  Alterations
Item 4 of 9After 1926(?)Before 1934 Reconditioning of original building
Item 5 of 91935  Nurses' home
Item 6 of 91939  Pathology block
Item 7 of 91950s Alteration/conversionOverall development of hospital
Item 8 of 9c. 1960 Plans datedSketch plans for hospital block.
Item 9 of 91984 SurveyFire precaution survey


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 14Charles George Hood Kinnear A18661868Original building
Item 2 of 14John Dick Peddie A18661868Original building
Item 3 of 14Peddie & Kinnear A18661868Original building
Item 4 of 14D & J Bryce B1880 Enlarged with addition of forecourt wings
Item 5 of 14John Bryce II (or John Bryce (junior)) B1880 Enlarged with addition of forecourt wings
Item 6 of 14(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson  After 1880 Alterations
Item 7 of 14James Stewart Johnston CAfter 1926(?)Before 1934Reconditioning of original buildings
Item 8 of 14Joseph Marr Johnston CAfter 1926(?)Before 1934Reconditioning of original buildings
Item 9 of 14Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)  1939 Pathology block
Item 10 of 14John Holt D1950s Overall development of hospital
Item 11 of 14South East Regional Hospital Board, Architect's Department (or South Eastern Hospital Board) D1950s Overall development of hospital with John Holt as chief architect.
Item 12 of 14Adam Elliot Watson  c. 1960 Sketch plans for hospital block.
Item 13 of 14Peter Burnett Caird S1984 Fire precaution survey - partner in charge
Item 14 of 14Reiach & Hall S1984 Fire precaution survey

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 18Craigleith Poorhouse, probationer's pavilionThis building stood at the main gate to the poorhouse and was probably demolished c.1929 when the site became the Western General Hospital.
Item 2 of 18St Cuthbert's Poorhouse, children's home 
Item 3 of 18St Cuthbert's Poorhouse, Recreation Hall 
Item 4 of 18Western General Hospital, Animal Research Centre 
Item 5 of 18Western General Hospital, central microbiology laboratoryNow demolished?
Item 6 of 18Western General Hospital, College of Nursing 
Item 7 of 18Western General Hospital, coronary care unit 
Item 8 of 18Western General Hospital, gastro-intestinal unit 
Item 9 of 18Western General Hospital, Human Genetics block 
Item 10 of 18Western General Hospital, laundry and boiler house 
Item 11 of 18Western General Hospital, Maternity UnitCost 37,000
Item 12 of 18Western General Hospital, nurses' dining roomCost 25,000
Item 13 of 18Western General Hospital, nurses' home 
Item 14 of 18Western General Hospital, Operating Theatre Block 
Item 15 of 18Western General Hospital, Scottish Health Service Centre 
Item 16 of 18Western General Hospital, Sisters' Quarters 
Item 17 of 18Western General Hospital, Teaching and Research block 
Item 18 of 18Western General Hospital, teaching unitCost 50,000. NB This is a new unit not a refurbishment of the old one.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdpp531-2
Item 2 of 2Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Western General Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder24 July 1880XXXIX Bryce extensions
Item 2 of 4Building News23 July 1880  p110 Bryce extensions
Item 3 of 4RIBA Journal13 October 1934v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1069 - obituary of Joseph Marr Johnston
Item 4 of 4Scotsman22 December 1870   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Courtesy of Peter B CairdInformation sent to DSA Sent March 2011
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27784 
Item 3 of 7National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House Plans RHP 30841/1-62
Item 4 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1860/16/4 (incomplete)
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSHaxton & Watson Collection HW 1960/5/1-2
Item 6 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Stewart Johnston: L no4394 (combined box 11)
Item 7 of 7Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore154558