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Aberdour, 6, 7 Livingston Lane

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0536 / 56°3'13"N

Longitude: -3.3001 / 3°18'0"W

OS Eastings: 319126

OS Northings: 685292

OS Grid: NT191852

Mapcode National: GBR 24.QNJL

Mapcode Global: WH6S5.83SK

Entry Name: Aberdour, 6, 7 Livingston Lane

Listing Date: 2 May 1973

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334732

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3613

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdour (Fife)

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Early 18th century. 2-storey, 4-bay rectangular-plan forestaired house, workshop at ground floor. Rendered, painted stone surrounds to openings, moulded surrounds at ground floor. Random rubble and slaister pointing to rear.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical elevation. Forestair with moulded stone rail running from ground right to 1st floor. Small centred understair door at ground; small lean-to attached to left, door to left return, window to right flush to rising forestair, doorways to far right and far left. Centred door breaking eaves at 1st floor, flanking windows close to eaves.

SE ELEVATION: attached to 5 Livingston Lane.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: 3 regularly spaced windows close to ground, 1st floor windows close to eaves centred above.

NW ELEVATION: attached to 8 Livingston Lane.

INTERIOR: ground floor unseen, (2002). Modernised interior to 1st floor.

Timber boarded doors, 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Pitched roof; clay pantiles, raised coped skews, moulded skewputts, coped gable apex stacks, replacement polygonal cans.

Statement of Interest

NOTES: Both Easter and Wester Aberdour once possessed a number of forestaired houses, none remain in Easter Aberdour and only 3 including this example can be found in Wester Aberdour (the others being Dour Cottage and 6 Sands Place, see separate listings). Of the remaining examples 6-7 Livingstone Lane is the best surviving relatively unaltered forestaired house in Aberdour. The house was formerly numbered 2,3 and 4 Livingstone Lane indicating multi-occupancy, this corresponds with the number of main doors to the house. It is thus probable that originally there were 2 dwelling places to the ground floor and 1 above. The lane takes it name from John Livingston who ran the local dairy in the mid 19th century which was situated further along the road to the NW. A line of buildings originally ran continuously along the lane from the high street to where the lane turns sharply to the SW. In the 1950's a couple of buildings including the dairy to the NW of the house were demolished to make room for a car park leaving a large open space in the lane.

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