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Culross,West Church,old parish church

A Scheduled Monument in West Fife and Coastal Villages, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0603 / 56°3'36"N

Longitude: -3.6402 / 3°38'24"W

OS Eastings: 297965

OS Northings: 686482

OS Grid: NS979864

Mapcode National: GBR 1Q.Q46J

Mapcode Global: WH5QP.1YV0

Entry Name: Culross,West Church,old parish church

Scheduled Date: 15 April 1937

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM831

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Culross

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: West Fife and Coastal Villages

Traditional County: Fife


1851, NE and SW wings added slightly later. 2-storey over bsaement, asymmetrical roughly L-plan Jacobean style villa, with 2-storey and attic over basement wing to N and single storey 3-bay wing to SW. Coursed pinkish/cream sandstone, shlar dressings, quoins and canted bays. Eaves course, stone mullions to bipartite and tripartite windows, chamfered reveals, canted bays with blocking course and ball finials to N, S and W elevations, gabled and finialled dormerheads, gables with apex stacks.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-storey over basement circular entrance tower in re-entrant angle of L-plan with string course and eaves courses; steps to entrance with stone balustrades, dies, ball finials; architraved doorcase, keystone heraldic plaque over (lion and hand with sword, latin inscrption and date 1851). Panelled 2-leaf curved doors flanked by narrow windows with stepped hoodmould course. Narrow windows at 1st and 2nd floors. Ogeed roof, fishscale slates, lead apex, weathervane. Gabled and finialled bay advanced to right, bipartite window at ground, window at 1st, tablet in gable. Further advanced gabled bay (NE wing) to far right, 1 window to each storey. Single bay to left of tower, window at ground, dormerheaded window above. Rooflight.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, irregularly disposed windows; single bay to left (N face of NE wing), gabled at centre, canted window to basement and ground, window at 1st floor, tablet in gablehead; 2 gabled bays recessed to right, bipartite window at ground far right, octagonal corniced stair tower in re-entrant angle with string course, window at 1st stage, 2 windows above, polygonal roof; single storey over basement block adjoined in angle, with chamfered corner, string course, ashlar coped wallhead, abll finials, door to left, windows regularly disposed.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, canted window at basement and ground to left, 2 dormerheaded windows above, gabled bay to right with lower gabled SW wing abutting.

S (SIDE) ELEVATION: single storey over basement, 3-bay (SW wing) with r egular fenestration to left. 3-storey canted window to right breaking eaves, flanked by windows at basement, slightly advanced gabled bay to outer right, windows to each storey, tripartite at ground. Variety of glazing patterns; plate glass sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, gablet coped skews, bracketted skewputts, kneelers, tall polygonal stacks on corbelled and moulded bases, decorated cans. Original rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: cast-iron barley-sugar twist balusters to main stair. Plaster cornices, marble chimneypieces.

LODGE: single storey, Tudor style. Cream stugged, coursed and squared sandstone rubble, ashlar dressings. Base course, stop chamfered reveals to windows and door, hoodmoulds.

W (entrance) elevation: 3-bays, advanced gabled and finialled porch to outer right, segmental-headed doorpiece with flush-panelled door to W face, small windows to left. N and S elevations: gabled, each with window. E elevation: projecting wing at right angles to rear elevation. 4-pane sash (and 6-pane to gables) sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, rendered stack to centre, saw-tooth ashlar coped skews.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: corniced, rusticated gatepiers with ball finials flanked by ashlar coped stugged, coursed and squared sandstone rubble quadrant walls, terminated by similar lower piers and joined to semi-circular coped rubble boundary wall.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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