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Aberdour, 1, 2, 3, 4 Kirk Cottages, High Street

A Category B Listed Building in Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0529 / 56°3'10"N

Longitude: -3.3056 / 3°18'20"W

OS Eastings: 318784

OS Northings: 685217

OS Grid: NT187852

Mapcode National: GBR 24.QMB8

Mapcode Global: WH6S5.6453

Entry Name: Aberdour, 1, 2, 3, 4 Kirk Cottages, High Street

Listing Date: 2 May 1973

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334705

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3590

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdour (Fife)

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

18th century with later alterations. A row of 4 near identical, 3-bay, 2-storey rectangular-plan houses, rear single storey extension to each. Rendered, painted stone margins to openings.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: identical arrangement to houses. Symmetrical elevation. Central door, timber and glazed porch, flanking windows. 3 1st floor windows arranged above ground floor openings.

W ELEVATION: ground floor window at right to No 4.

N ELEVATION: near identical arrangement to houses; asymmetrical elevation, door to right, extension to off-centre left at ground. Varied fenestration at 1st floor.

E ELEVATION: bowed plain gable wall to No 1.

Predominantly 2-leaf timber doors with glazing to porches. Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows to S elevation, No 3 tilt and turn plate glass, varied glazing to rear including 2 small, 2-pane timber casement windows to 1st floor rear of No 1. Pitched roof, modern clay pantiles, piended slate roofs to rear extensions. Raised curved pantiled skew at No 1 to E elevation, raised coped skews to E elevation of No 3 and to W elevation of No 4. Coped, exposed stone shared gable apex stacks between Nos 1 and 2 and No's 3 and 4. Rendered, coped gable apex stacks to outer far E and W elevations and to E elevation of No 3, circular clay cans, thackstanes.

Statement of Interest

NOTES: The houses were built to accommodate the Earl of Moray's estate workers. It is recorded that in 1735 the kirk session bought the houses from the Earl for #330 Scots, in the next year it carried out improvements to the houses. The thackstanes to the chimneys indicate that the roofs at one time had a steeper pitch and were most likely thatched. It might have been in 1735 that the thatch was replaced and the pitch lowered. The small casement windows to the rear of no 1 most likely remain from before the 1736 improvements. It is of interest to note that the porches to the principal elevation were once leaded canopies and were enclosed during the 1990s by timber and glazing.

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