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The Well Road Centre
Proprietor : Mr. Ben Larmour.
Huntly Lodge, Well Road, MOFFAT DG10 9JT Scotland.
Telephone : 01683-221040. Fax : 01683 220832.
E-mail :

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Well Road Centre, Moffat

Well Road and the Schools of Moffat

Well Road Centre, Moffat
Air View of Well Road Centre

Well Road Centre, Moffat
The Ornate Entrance Hall

Well Road Centre, Moffat
The Stained Glass Panels on the Stairs

St. Ninian's Boys Preparatory School, Moffat

The Schools at Well Road ...

From the 1600s Moffat was developed from a sleepy little market town to a prosperous Victorian spa town, making use of "healing properties" in its water. It was during this time that many of the buildings you see today in Well Road were erected as permanent dwellings by their wealthy visitors. The fine architectural features including ornate plasterwork, fire places, woodwork and elegant 6-panel stained glass window are typical examples of the craftsmanship and attention to detail of the time. The fact that the building survives to this day is testimony to its sound construction.

Warriston School for Boys...

This is one reason why the Well Road Centre has such remarkably extensive accommodation and facilities. The other reason was its conversion to a private school - one of several in Moffat. Burnbrae House was the main building of Warriston School For Boys, named after the famous Covenanting lawyer Archibald Johnstone, Lord Warriston. Other now-demolished buildings stood where modern housing was constructed over the past twenty years. The school had pupils from all over the world, keeping going under the name of Warriston up until its closure as a school in 1979.

There is a picture in Jane Boyd's "Old Moffat" with the building of the Well Road Centre in the background. The picture is dated at 1863 and features "Vicarlands", another big building. As there is a date inscribed 1879 on the Well Road Centre, either the picture was taken later than is thought, or the 1879 date was added after the building's completion. The answer to this puzzle has still to be resolved.

St. Ninian's Boys Preparatory School...

The most famous of the vanished Moffat private schools - due to associations with Air Vice Marshal Hugh Dowding 'Father of the RAF' - was Dowding's father's school of St. Ninian, now converted to the RAFA home for ex-servicemen. The Dowding family had moved to Moffat in 1879 when his father left Fettes College in Edinburgh after three years as an Assistant Master. Arthur Dowding and his colleague, a Mr. Churchill, established St. Ninian's Boys Preparatory School in Moffat. Hugh Dowding was born in Moffat in 1882, living in Moffat for his first fifteen years. He went to Winchester College on a scholarship and later joined the Army. His family moved in 1897 down to England, where by 1901 Dowding was able to note the achievements of the early aviators such as Orville and Wilbur Wright and Louis Bleriot.

Well Road Centre Location Map
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...How To Find Us...

From the A74 take the turning for Moffat and enter the High Street (town square). Turning to the right around the shops on the south side of the square, follow Holm Street south and east to the T-junction with Burnside just before the bridge. Turn left into Burnside, following it up and to the right into Well Road. Continue on up Well Road to just past the junction with Sidmount Avenue until you see the sign for Well Road Centre to your left. If you come as far as Ballplay Road, then you will have slightly overshot the turning for the Centre.

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You may wish to print out A Sketch Map of the route to The Well Road Centre.

There is also a Line Map of the Moffat area to assist you in reaching the town.

Whilst every care is taken to ensure that the details shown in this site are correct, we cannot accept responsibility for errors contained herein or the results thereof.


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