Redfriars Hospital Chapel

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 40025 29881, map


Address

Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4DY
Scotland

Introduction

The site of the chapel is presently occupied by an Arts Centre. The hospital that butted against the medieval town walls is commerated on a plaque on the former town wall. A lintel from the well of the hospital also survices and is incorporated into the wall. K. Nichols 11/08.


Description

Red friars Hospital chapel

The hospital was first developed on the site granted to the Trinitarians (Red Friars) from 1530 by Sir James Lindsay. In 1678 a new hospital was built with a chapel on the first floor. During the mid 18th century the building was converted to a charity workhouse where French prisoners of war were housed. In 1793 the building was partially demolished but the remaining wing became a Town Academy. The site was occupied by a garage from the 1930s before being cleared and rejuvenated as the Arts Centre.

An indication of the chapel's existence is shown on Slezer's 1693 map. Another surviving image of the hospital shows that the tower had 4 crocketed pinnacles and spire with a cross finial. K. Nichols 1/09.


Events:

  • Hospital: Alteration/conversion
    mid C18th to charity workhouse
  • Hospital: Build/construction (1530)
  • Hospital: Alteration/conversion (1678)
  • Hospital: Destruction/demolition (1793)
    partial demolition

Bibliographic References:

NameAuthorDateNotes
'Medieval religious houses, Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man', LondonCowan and Easson, I B and D E1976Page(s): 112, 174 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.COW
Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, LondonCowan and Easson, I B and D E1976Page(s): 94 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS.R
Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, LondonEasson, D E1957aPage(s): 94 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS
Angus or Forfarshire: the land and people, descriptive and historical, 5v DundeeWarden, A J1880-5Page(s): Vol.2, 127-9 Held at RCAHMS D.13.1.WAR