The Hippodrome Jigsaw
The Hippodrome is the oldest surviving purpose-built cinema in Scotland. Its construction in 1911 was the result of a collaboration between architect Matthew Steele and filmmaker Louis Dickson. It continued in use as a cinema until the 1970s when it became a bingo hall before being abandoned. After being gifted the building in 1996, SHBT carried out a major project to save The Hippodrome from dereliction. The project was completed in 2008 and the fully-restored building has now returned to its original use.
The Hippodrome Project
Visit our dedicated project page to find out more about the history of The Hippodrome and its restoration.
The Hippodrome Today
Interested in experiencing the 1930s glamour of the Hippodrome for yourself? Visit the building’s dedicated website to find out about all upcoming events and film times.
Greenlaw Town Hall Jigsaw
The grandeur of Greenlaw Town Hall reflects Greenlaw’s historic status as the County Town of Berwickshire. A beautiful and imposing Greek Revival building, it was completed in 1831 and primarily used as the county courthouse until Greenlaw lost its County Town status to the rival town of Duns in 1904. From 2007 to 2011, SHBT undertook a major project to restore and revive the building.
Greenlaw Town Hall Project
Visit our dedicated project page to find out more about the history of Greenlaw Town Hall and the struggle to return the building to use after many years of neglect.
Custom House Jigsaw
The Custom House was designed by architect Robert Reid and completed in 1812. Its purpose was to monitor Leith harbour and to ensure the payment of both Customs and Excise taxes across Scotland. It remained in use until 1980, when it was bought by the National Museum of Scotland and became a collections store. SHBT were granted a lease on Custom House in 2015 and are currently working to restore the building and adapt it for public use.
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The Custom House currently has a dedicated events space available to hire for any occasion, as well as a variety of flexible office / studio spaces available to let. For members of the public who are particularly interested in the building, we operate a series of open days throughout the year.
Interested in the History of Custom House?
Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion Jigsaw
Although the health benefits of Strathpeffer’s sulphurous waters had been first recognised by the physician Thomas Morrison in 1819, it was not until the late 1800s that it became a popular spa destination. With the building of Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion as a space for social entertainment in 1881 and the arrival of the railway in 1885, Strathpeffer became a major tourist destination and the only spa in Britain to remain in use past the Victorian Era.
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Visit our dedicated project page to find out more about the history of Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion, the restoration project and its use today.
St Ninian’s Manse Jigsaw
The only pre-Reformation building in this part of Leith, St Ninian’s Manse has occupied this site since 1493. It was built as a clerical residence to accompany St Ninian’s Chapel (and, later, St Ninian’s Church), which occupied the site behind the building where Quayside Mills stand today. The prominent stair tower, topped with a Dutch-style lead belfry, was added in the 17th century.
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Visit our dedicated project page to find out more about the history of this fascinating site, its restoration and its use today.
Strathleven House Jigsaw
Constructed around 1700, Strathleven House is one of the earliest Palladian buildings in Scotland. Its design is attributed to the James Smith, a notable architect who was employed as the Scottish Master of Works. In 1830, Strathleven was purchased by the Glasgow merchant James Ewing. It was owned by his descendants until 1947 when the estate was compulsorily purchased by the Government. After being initially used as an office, the house fell victim to fire, vandalism and dry rot before being purchased by SHBT in 1985 and restored as a flexible office and events venue.
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Situated in the Vale of Leven, close to Loch Lomond, Strathleven House offers a picturesque and stunning backdrop for weddings, conferences or everyday work. Its grand historic spaces offer a window into past ages whilst also being fully equipped for 21st century needs.
Interested in the history of Strathleven House?
Visit our dedicated project page to find out more.