Longmore House

(Longmore Hospital)

A B-listed former hospital which now forms the headquarters of the Scottish Government's built heritage agency, Historic Environment Scotland, Longmore House is located in Salisbury Place in the Newington district of Edinburgh, a mile (1.6 km) south southeast of the city centre. Longmore Hospital opened in 1875 as the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Incurables, extended to include Liberton Hospital which opened in 1906. Longmore was endowed by John Alexander Longmore of Deanhaugh, who left £10,000 for the purpose. A row of houses and a school, known as Wilson's Academy, were demolished to provide the site. The three-storey hospital, in a restrained Classical style, was the work of J.M. Dick Peddie (1853 - 1921), extended to the east (1886-91) and then to the west (1899) by the same architect. Latterly the hospital was responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, but closed in 1991, with services transferring to the Western General Hospital. The building was converted and extended to the rear for Historic Scotland in 1994.

To the west is an L-shaped block containing carriage houses and a mortuary chapel, connected underground to the main block by a tunnel. Also to the west is a three-storey formed Doctor's Residence. The nurses residences lay to the east in Salisbury Road, a B-listed five-storey block in reinforced concrete faced with polished ashlar (1938-47), now converted to flats.

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