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Grange House Including Walled Garden, Boundary Walls and Gates

A Category C Listed Building in Kinghorn, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0842 / 56°5'3"N

Longitude: -3.1739 / 3°10'26"W

OS Eastings: 327040

OS Northings: 688556

OS Grid: NT270885

Mapcode National: GBR 29.NLWY

Mapcode Global: WH6S1.6BVL

Entry Name: Grange House Including Walled Garden, Boundary Walls and Gates

Listing Date: 10 September 1979

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 341989

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB9696

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kinghorn

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy

Parish: Kinghorn

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

16th century in origin with later 19th century addition. 2-storey with basement and attic, 3-bay laird's house with conically-roofed round tower, and taller 2-storey and basement, rectangular-plan wing. Harl, stugged squared and snecked rubble, and coursed rubble with stone margins and stugged ashlar quoins. Band courses to round tower. Stone mullions and chamfered arrises.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: window to right of centre, and canted 3-light window to left at basement, stair oversailing basement recess to centre bay at ground with steps up to pilastered doorpiece with corniced and blocking course, panelled timber door and semicircular fanlight, canted 4-light window in bay to left and window to right, 3 small bipartite windows close to eaves at 1st floor, and pedimented timber dormer window over left bay. Later gabled wing projecting to outer right with 4-light canted window at ground and bipartite window above.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrically-fenestrated elevation with variety of features including 3-stage round tower (see Notes) to outer left with gunloop to NW and small windows at 2nd and 3rd stages to NE; decoratively-astragalled windows to right of centre at 1st floor and to approximate centre at 2nd floor; recessed blank gable of wing to outer left.

NE ELEVATION: 3 small windows to raised basement, windows to centre and outer right bays at ground and further window to outer right at 1st floor.

SW ELEVATION: gabled elevation with window to outer left at ground floor.

Largely 4-, 12-pane and plate glass glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows. Art Nouveau detailed coloured glass to NE windows (see above). Grey slates. Coped harl and ashlar stacks with thackstanes and cans; ashlar-coped skews with moulded skewputts; cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers.

WALLED GARDEN, BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATES: flat-coped rubble walls of walled garden to NE; coped rubble boundary walls and ironwork gates.

Statement of Interest

The round tower has a door lintel with the raised inscription '16 ISM 87' enclosed by the later wing. Grange House was the seat of the Kirkcaldys of Grange, and possibly built on the site of the 'Fortalice of Grange'. Reid mentions as proof the presence of a vaulted underground passage supposedly accessed from the round tower. Sir James Kirkcaldy was Lord High Treasurer of Scotland during the reign of James V, and Sir William was executed and his land forfeited in 1573.

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