This is a selection of images from a recent photoshoot at Hospitalfield House, Centre for Art and Culture in Arbroath in Angus. I was commissioned to take some images for a new publication which documents the history of this remarkable building and its estate. The first copies of the book went on sale in December 2011 and all proceeds will go to support the upkeep of this treasured gem nestled in the North East coastal town.
“For over a century, Hospitalfield House has cast a spell on artists and writers who come to work and study there and who are inspired by its intriguing architecture, ambience and fascinating family lore.
Hospitalfield’s origins go back to the 13th century when it was the site of a hospital – Hospital of St John the Baptist – built to accommodate pilgrims, including lepers often seeking a cure from Arbroath Abbey. Over the centuries the building passed from hand to hand until it came into the possession of the Fraser family in the latter half of the 17th century. To understand Hospitalfield as the Victorian time capsule we see today we must follow the history, vision and influence of one man, Patrick Allan-Fraser.”
And so as the book unfolds, so too does the story of this place!
(excerpt from Hospitalfield House Book, 2011) Further information available at www.hospitalfield.org.uk/events/hospitalfieldbook.php