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Clepington Primary School, Eliza Street, Dundee

A Category A Listed Building in Maryfield, Dundee

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Latitude: 56.4728 / 56°28'22"N

Longitude: -2.9594 / 2°57'33"W

OS Eastings: 340992

OS Northings: 731596

OS Grid: NO409315

Mapcode National: GBR ZC3.GB

Mapcode Global: WH7RB.HKZR

Plus Code: 9C8VF2FR+46

Entry Name: Clepington Primary School, Eliza Street, Dundee

Listing Name: Eliza Street, Clepington Primary School Former Stobswell Public School, Including Railings and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 4 February 1965

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 361479

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25280

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200361479

Location: Dundee

County: Dundee

Town: Dundee

Electoral Ward: Maryfield

Traditional County: Angus

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William Gilliespie Lamond, draughtsman, for J H langlands, School Board Architect, 1906, completed 1907. Arts and crafts art nouveau manner school that pioneered technical and domestic education. 2-storey, basement and attic, central hall-plan. Snecked hammer-dressed rubble with ashlar dressings.

E ELEVATION: central 3-storey, 2-bay gable, windows 4-light mullioned and tronsomed, round-arched at 3rd, with art nouveau-decorated aprons. Gable inscription in Jugendstil lettering with apex open segmental pediment. Basement janitor's house fronted by ornate wrought-iron railings. Flanking recessed 5-storey towers with ground floor semi-circular canopied and consoled doors approached by railed steps. Flanking cylindrical dome-capped piers, those to right carrying lamps. 3 tiers of bipartites over, and top oculus. Octagonal scrolled and dome-capped pagoda. End bays gabled and set back with curved ashlar janitor's bothies in ground floor and basement re-entrant angles.

N ELEVATION: from E: 2-dome-capped gatepiers to railed basement area. Twin cloakroom and stair towers with curvilinear parapets, 3 tiers of 5-light horizontal windows to left, canopied entrance with 4 tiers of 4-light horizontal windows over, round-arched at top. Central 2-storey and basement classroom range, windows grouped in 3s. 3 large mullioned and transomed dormers with small pediments. Stair bay to W similar to that to E, with classroom windows 1/2/1 to right; 2 attic windows beneath eaves. S ELEVATION: similar except that the twin gabled Housewifery Department occupies the W 2-bays with domestic-scaled single and bipartite windows and mini wrought-iron balconies. Unfortunate toilet block added to E stair bay.

W ELEVATION: central advanced 2-bay gable with 4-light mullioned and transomed windows, 2nd floor round-arched. Segmental apex to gable. Ground floor air intake for Plenum Heating System, upper part now boarded, with swept lead roof and projecting eaves.

Slate roof, piended at NW, pyramidal over cloakrooms, and 3 main gables aligned E-W with tiled ridges and overhanging eaves. 6 louvred dome-capped ventilators. Wallhead stacks in W and E galbes. Top-hopper and casement windows with horizontal astragals, except Housewifery Department: sash and case windows with 6 and 8-pane upper, 2-pane lower, cases. INTERIOR: of exceptional quality. Central arcaded walled, full height hall at ground floor with borrowed light from classrooms, timber balustraded E and W mezzanines. 1st floor similar but with oval light-well. 2nd floor balustraded rails with original light fittings at intervals and encircling display cases. Elliptical arch-braced roof on big corbes. Concealed timber King posts. Timber pedimented doorpieces within arcaded glazed surrounds, original door furniture. Dado panelling and slim 'cupboards' housing the ventilation ducts.

BOUNDARY WALLS: E entrance flanked by ashlar cylindrical dome-capped gatepiers and low walls with modern railings.

Rubble-built boundary walls to N, S and W.

Statement of Interest

Regarded as a showpiece school for children over 14 (then unique within Dundee School Board) and pioneering technical and domestic science. The top floor housed art and cookery rooms, the basement from 1910 had a Physics Lab nad Metal Workshops. The Housewifery Department, now music rooms, replicates a house, with kitchen, parlour, scullery and bedrooms. The equipment is modern.

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