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Culduthel Community Woods

Inverness, Scotland

Historical Information

This page sets out what we know about the history of the woods and the surrounding area. Please get in touch if you have more information to share.

Very close to the woods a valuable collection of historic artefacts was found, dating back to the beginning of the Bronze Age around 2280-2020 BC. You can find more information here.

Culduthel House was built c.1780‑90. A modest Georgian building of two storeys and attic. There are a few aerial images and details here.

The Culduthel Hospital opened in 1917. The house was purchased by Inverness Town Council in 1914 and plans drawn up for its conversion and for ward blocks in the grounds, by the burgh surveyor, T. H. Scott, in consultation with John Wilson, the Edinburgh architect to the Local Government Board.

Prior to the completion of Culduthel Hospital, the infectious diseases cases had been treated at the Royal Northern Infirmary but the managers had long been agitating to have a new hospital built for this purpose. Further ward blocks were added in the 1930s. The hospital closed in 1989. [Sources: Architect & Building News, 14 Nov. 1930, p.670; 25 March 1932, p.408: Inverness Local History Library, Inverness Town Council Minutes.] You can find further information about the history of hospitals in the Highlands here.

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