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43-51 High Street, Aberdour

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

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Latitude: 56.0535 / 56°3'12"N

Longitude: -3.3022 / 3°18'7"W

OS Eastings: 318995

OS Northings: 685280

OS Grid: NT189852

Mapcode National: GBR 24.QN2C

Mapcode Global: WH6S5.73SN

Plus Code: 9C8R3M3X+94

Entry Name: 43-51 High Street, Aberdour

Listing Name: Aberdour, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51 High Street Including Rear Outbuildings

Listing Date: 2 May 1973

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334736

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3617

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200334736

Location: Aberdour (Fife)

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Parish: Aberdour (Fife)

Traditional County: Fife

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18th century with later alterations. 2-storey with attic, 4-bay (post office to ground floor), rectangular-plan house with 3-storey, 3-bay early 20th century tenement attached to rear. Rendered, stone margins to openings.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical elevation. Shopfront; central recessed door, flanking canted display windows with low stall risers. Blocked far right lower section of display window incorporating George VI letterbox with 2 defunct vending machines. Ventilators, architrave, pulvinated frieze and moulded cornice to shopfront. Door to far left. Regularly spaced 1st floor windows close to eaves.

NE ELEVATION: attached to 41 High Street.

SE ELEVATION: door to off-centre left, flanking windows to ground floor. 1st and 2nd floor windows arranged above ground floor windows. Extra small central 1st floor window.

SW ELEVATION: attached to 55 High Street.

Shopfront; timber and glass door with fanlight, plate glass windows with timber astragals. Timber boarded door with fanlight to far left of NW elevation, modern door to SE. Predominantly 2-pane timber sash and case windows with horns, 8-pane sash and case windows to ground floor of SE. Centred cast-iron rooflight flanked by piended 8-pane timber sash and case dormer windows to NW. Pitched slate roof to NW. Coped skews, skewputts to NW. Coped gable apex stack to NE, coped shared gable apex stack to SW, polygonal clay cans.

INTERIOR: modernised interior to post office. Stairwell to tenement with original decorative cast-iron balusters remaining in parts.

OUTBUILDING: 3 small outbuildings to rear; predominantly brick with central stone rubble section, monopitch roof, red clay pantiles. Wash house to far NW; remains of boiler to NE wall, 2 raised sinks to SW wall, stone tile floor.

Statement of Interest

NOTES: There has been a post office in Aberdour since the 1st of February 1757. It has been at its present location 43-51 High Street since the mid 1930s, the shop front and the GeorgeVI letterbox and postage stamp dispenser probably date from this time. Halfway down the through entrance passage way running from NW to SE the wall branches off to the SW, the corner is chamfered indicating that it is the original external wall of No 43 before the tenement was added. Further along the SW passage there is a recessed door with very thick jambs, this would have been the original rear door to No 43. It is possible that the through entrance passage way was originally a pend, the thick original external walls to either side suggest this, at some time the pend has been bridged and the building extended over at 1st floor level to meet No 41 High Street.

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