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St Andrew's West, Fassifern Road, Fort William

A Category B Listed Building in Fort William, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.818 / 56°49'4"N

Longitude: -5.1073 / 5°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 210449

OS Northings: 773915

OS Grid: NN104739

Mapcode National: GBR FBRP.RD0

Mapcode Global: WH1FR.JW5M

Plus Code: 9C8PRV9V+53

Entry Name: St Andrew's West, Fassifern Road, Fort William

Listing Name: Fassifern Road, St Andrew's East and West (Former Episcopal Rectory and School), Garden Walls and Gate Piers

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373108

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31783

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Fort William

County: Highland

Town: Fort William

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Description

Probably Alexander Ross, dated 1880. Long north facing,
asymmetrical 2-storey, irregular 9-bay range, with former
rectory to left (east) and former school to right (west) each
with separate, original entries. All red bullfaced, sneck
coursed granite rubble, with contrasting tooled and polished
sandstone dressings. Projecting gabled bays in east and
centre, also centre rear.
Bowed porch in re-entrant angle (St Andrew's East) rising as
slender circular, 3-storey tower with moulded eaves cornice
and conical slated roof. Moulded corniced and dated doorpiece
with some strapwork decorative detailing. Canted ground floor
bay window in left gable, with crenellated parapet and
pointed-headed bipartites above. Square headed tripartites to
right of entrance with small bowed dormer above. Centre
buttress to centre gable, with sympathetic later fenestration
and original centre cusped rose window; 3-bay arcaded front
to original school, with pointed headed arches divided by
squat polished ashlar engaged columns with
stiff leaf capitals, and with bands of carved foliage in low
relief decorating the inner faces of the arcades. Later
3-light casement windows; 2 later piended dormers above.
Original school entrance in extreme western bay (St Andrew's
West); pointed headed inscribed architrave and flanking
polished granite nook shafts with stiff leaf capitals; plank
door with ornate cast-iron hinges.
Entrance to single storey vestibule the length of the west
gable lit by continuous pointed arcade composed of diminutive
columns and capitals, buttressed at each end.
To rear, pair original flat headed windows with geometric
tracery and also cusped rose window in gable apex; various
service extensions. Original 2-pane and lattice pane glazing;
also later 3-pane casements. Carved plaque high in east
gable; blocked eaves cornices; moulded stone ridges;
cast-iron apex finials; tall ridge and wallhead coped stacks;
greenish slate roof.
INTERIOR: School now converted as dwelling, but original
chimney piece with inscribed ashlar hood survives; also late
19th century coloured floor tiles to school entrance porch.
Garden walls and gate piers; red bullfaced rubble garden wall
with contrasting ashlar cope, some sections to north,
(Fassifern Road) front have low retaining walls with
ornamental cast-iron railings. Pair square ashlar gate piers
with shaped caps and dogtooth ornamentation. Side and rear
rubble garden walls with shaped glazed pottery copes.

Statement of Interest

Architrave of former school entrance (St. Andrew's West)

inscribed "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy

youth".

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