Shandon, Argyll

The former St Andrew's School, Shandon House

Shandon is a village 4 miles north-north west of Rhu on the Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

Formerly in the county of Dunbartonshire, it developed alongside other similar settlements in the area from a hamlet to a fashionable residential area for wealthy Glasgow merchants.

West Shandon House, built in the 1840s by John Thomas Rochead for Robert Napier, often described as 'the father of clyde shipbuilding'[1] was a prominent landmark and was renowned for housing Napier's extensive art collection. It later became a hydropathic institution,[2][3] but was demolished in 1958.

Since the 1960s Shandon has been dominated by the Royal Naval base at Faslane, which occupies the whole of the former grounds of West Shandon House.

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  1. Osborne, Brian D (1991), Robert Napier: The Father of Clyde Shipbuilding, Dumbarton, Scotland: Dumbarton District Libraries, retrieved 2010-04-21
  2. Bradley, James; Dupree, Mageurite; Durie, Alastair (1997). "Taking the Water Cure: The Hydropathic Movement in Scotland, 1840-1940" (PDF). Business and Economic History. 26 (2): 429. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
  3. Shifrin, Malcolm (3 October 2008). "Shandon Hydropathic Establishment: Dunbartonshire, Scotland". Victorian Turkish Baths: Their origin, development, and gradual decline. Retrieved 12 December 2009.. Note date discrepancies between Shifrin and Bradley, Dupree & Durie appear to depend on what aspect is being discussed. E.g., purchase of building, establishment and liquidation of operating company, demolishment of building.
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Coordinates: 56°03′N 4°48′W / 56.050°N 4.800°W / 56.050; -4.800

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