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Parkhead Road, Sauchie Hospital Lodge ,including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1252 / 56°7'30"N

Longitude: -3.785 / 3°47'5"W

OS Eastings: 289137

OS Northings: 693932

OS Grid: NS891939

Mapcode National: GBR 1K.L1N6

Mapcode Global: WH5QD.T9TP

Entry Name: Parkhead Road, Sauchie Hospital Lodge ,including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 21 September 2004

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397703

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49983

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alloa

County: Clackmannanshire

Electoral Ward: Clackmannanshire Central

Traditional County: Clackmannanshire

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Description

Messrs Melvin & Son, architects, 1895. Single storey, 3 bay lodge to former infectious diseases hospital. Squared and snecked bull faced pink sandstone to SW elevation, squared and snecked sandstone rubble to remainder, polished ashlar dressings. Base course; stop chamfered long and short dressings; projecting cills on scrolled panels; long and short dressings and quoins; overhanging eaves with timber bargeboards (gableheads originally half timbered, now infilled).

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; doorway to centre bay of ground floor, panelled timber door; bipartite window to flanking bay to left; gabled bay advanced to right, bipartite window to centre, open segmental pediment above.

SE ELEVATION: blank.

NE ELEVATION: not seen 2001.

NW ELEVATION: gabled.

Predominantly timber sash and case windows with margine-pane glazing pattern to upper sashes. Graded green grey slate roof, terracotta tiled ridges with finials to gableheads. Corniced gablehead stacks and stacks breaking pitch, circular cans. Cast iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.

INTERIOR: not seen 2001.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: gateway to W of lodge, low sandstone quadrant walls surmounted by railings flanking, square plan sandstone ashlar piers at angle, with segmental arched caps.

Statement of Interest

Sauchie Hospital opened in 1895 as the Clackmannan County Infectious Diseases Hospital and was one of the first hospitals of its kind in Scotland. Infectious diseases hospitals such as this were generally built following the 1867 and 1897 Public Health Acts which required Local Authorities to provide and maintain hospitals for epidemic, endemic and infectious diseases.

The hospital site was a field near Parkhead Farm, after which the road is named. The site was chosen as it had "a natural fall towards the south-west, and the buildings are to be placed so that the wards will have as much of the sun as possible" (County Register, 1893, p13). Air tight windows within the doctor's and matron's rooms allowed inspection of the wards. The aforementioned wards were heated by open fires and ventilated naturally. The County Register also notes that "In carrying out the details the utmost care will be exercised to have all internal and external angles in the wards rounded, the ledges will be avoided as far as possible so as to prevent dust collecting." (1893, p14). This building is a good example of the domestic Arts and Crafts, in the free Queen Anne style applied to institutional buildings in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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