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Edinburgh, Seafield Street, Eastern General Hospital, General

Hospital (Period Unassigned), Hospital (First World War), Poor House (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Seafield Street, Eastern General Hospital, General

Classification Hospital (Period Unassigned), Hospital (First World War), Poor House (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Leith Poor Law Hospital; Leith Poorhouse; Seafield Hospital; Leith War Hospital

Canmore ID 74067

Site Number NT27NE 113

NGR NT 2857 7554

NGR Description Centred NT 2857 7554

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

World War One Audit of Surviving Remains (4 October 2013)

The Seafield Road poorhouse was built in 1906-8, after North and South Leith became united for poor-law purposes. It was to accommodate about 650 inmates. It was the last poorhouse built in Scotland.

It was requisitioned as Leith War Hospital in the First World War, providing beds for 165 officers and 420 other ranks. The hospital was transferred to the use of the US Navy in 1918.

Information from HS/RCAHMS World War One Audit Project (GJB) 4 October 2013.

Architecture Notes

NT27NE 113.00 2857 7554

NT27NE 113.01 2852 7546 Maternity Block

NT27NE 113.02 28466 75449 Infirmary and Administration Block

NT27NE 113.03 2849 7549 Children's Home

NT27NE 113.04 2861 7554 Laundry Block

NT27NE 113.05 2860 7567 Entrance Lodge and Probationary Ward

NT27NE 113.06 2857 7557 Labour Yard

NT27NE 113.07 2845 7549 Mortuary

NT27NE 113.08 2849 7541 Isolation Block

NT27NE 113.09 28586 75648 Chapel

NT27NE 113.10 28489 75525 Governor's House (Matron's House)

NT27NE 113.11 2843 7542 Phthisical Block

NT27NE 113.12 2857 7554 Main House


Watching Brief (7 July 2013 - 9 August 2013)

AOC Archaeology Group was commissioned by J Smart and Co to undertake an archaeological evaluation on a proposed residential development at the former Eastern General Hospital, Seafield Road, Leith. The development area consists of open land situated on the remains of the previously demolished Eastern General Hospital to the north side of Seafield Road and consisted of an archaeological evaluation of nine trenches totalling 1,175m2 metres. Prior to the evaluation, an historic building recording exercise was undertaken on the remains of the Eastern General Hospital in 2006 and a later building recording exercise on No 4 Seafield Street in 2013. No archaeological remains were discovered.

AOC Archaeology 2013 (D. Sproat) OASIS ID - aocarcha1-156826

Project (March 2013 - September 2013)

A project to characterise the quantity and quality of the Scottish resource of known surviving remains of the First World War. Carried out in partnership between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS.


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