Basic Site Details

Name: Kirkwall Grammar School
Town, district or village: Kirkwall
Island: Mainland
City or county: Orkney
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 1904 EXTENSION - The new buildings which have been added to the Burgh School, Kirkwall, were opened on the 8th inst. by Sir Henry Craik. The addition is a two story building of blue stone, with freestone facings, and is for pupils receiving a secondary education. The wing consists of four apartments on the ground floor - namely, head master's room, head master's classroom, first assistant's room, and the school hall. On the first floor there are eight rooms - viz., board room, science room, two classrooms, laboratory, male and female teachers' cloak-rooms, and store-room. The school hall is 59 feet by 24 feet 6 inches, the laboratory 34 feet 6 inches by 24 feet 6 inches. There is one classroom seated for 100 pupils, one for 60, and one for 50. The largest classroom is divided by one of Peace and Norquoy's partitions, making it into two rooms suitable for 50 pupils each, but which can at will be made into one large room. [Building News 16 September 1904 p396]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Kirkwall Burgh School  
Item 2 of 2Orkney Island Council OfficesYes 

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1School PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418731874  
Item 2 of 4October 1959 Scheme accepted100,000 alterations and extensions to grammar school to form a secondary school per Builder 30 Oct 1959 p557
Item 3 of 41960 Build/constructionAlterations and extensions
Item 4 of 41970s(?) Alteration/conversionConversion to Local Authority offices


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas Smith Peace (senior)ArchitectA18731874 
Item 2 of 6Thomas Smith Peace (junior)ArchitectBAfter 1891Before 1911Two extensions, c.4,000 each - as apprentice/assistant to his uncle, T S Peace Senior
Item 3 of 6Thomas Smith Peace (senior)ArchitectBAfter 1891Before 1911Two extensions, c.4,000 each
Item 4 of 6Crichton Walker Lang D1970s Conversion to Local Authority offices
Item 5 of 6Ian G Lindsay & PartnersArchitectural practiceD1970s Conversion to Local Authority offices
Item 6 of 6John Herdman ReidArchitectD1970s Conversion to Local Authority offices


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Orkney Islands CouncilClient for conversion 1970s


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp334
Item 2 of 2RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder30 October 1959  p557 ('679,400 Schools Plan' p557)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register36809 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas Smith Peace Junior: L v20 no1512