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Grangehill House with Pavilions and Link Walls, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Gates

A Category B Listed Building in Kinghorn, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0671 / 56°4'1"N

Longitude: -3.1912 / 3°11'28"W

OS Eastings: 325931

OS Northings: 686674

OS Grid: NT259866

Mapcode National: GBR 28.PP0Y

Mapcode Global: WH6S0.YRJQ

Entry Name: Grangehill House with Pavilions and Link Walls, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Gates

Listing Date: 27 March 1986

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 341991

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB9698

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kinghorn

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy

Parish: Kinghorn

Traditional County: Fife

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Later 18th century; ground floor re-modelled circa 1805; orangery under construction 1999. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, rectangular-plan classical house with pedimented flanking pavilions linked by screen walls (probably added or re-fronted 1805). Painted render with ashlar dressings and raised margins; grey harl with quoin strips and painted margins to sides and rear. Eaves course and cornice. Keystones; stone mullions.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: bays grouped towards centre. Centre bay at ground with steps up to pedimented tripartite doorway, 2-leaf panelled timber door and narrow flanking lights; flanking bays each with columnar-mullioned, keystoned Venetian window in shallow round-arched recess. Regular fenestration abutting eaves course at 1st floor (small windows).

E ELEVATION: gabled elevation with window to outer right at ground, and further window to outer left at 1st floor, small attic window to left in gablehead. Further openings to N elevation of projecting single storey wing behind link wall.

W ELEVATION: gabled elevation with orangery under construction at ground floor, window to outer right at 1st floor and small attic window to right in gablehead.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: stair window to projecting centre bay, and further windows to flanking bays at 1st floor. Modernised kitchen wing to ground floor.

12-, 16-, and 18-pane glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows (except to modern kitchen windows). Grey slates. Coped ashlar stacks with thackstanes and cans; ashlar-coped skews.

PAVILIONS AND LINK WALLS: broad single bay, single storey, pedimented pavilions, each with recessed centre having single window in further recessed round arch, and blind oculus to tympanum. E pavilion with vaulted cellar and square drains below ground floor. W pavilion undergoing conversion to orangery. Deeply coped link walls with row of block-and-ball pediments (those to W to be replaced), and each with centre door, that to E blinded.

INTERIOR: some good plasterwork cornices; husk garland frieze to drawing room; pilastered chimneypiece to library.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: coped rubble boundary wall running S from E pavilion; droved ashlar gatepiers with later segmental arch added (original pyramidal cappings on site), and 2-leaf ironwork gates.

Statement of Interest

Formerly the property of the Bruces of Earlshall whence it came through marriage from Kirkcaldy of Grange, Grangehill House was subsequently inherited by John Bruce (1745-1826) who, as King's Printer and Stationer for Scotland, acquired the right to print Bibles, thus earning him the epithet 'Bible Bruce'. This gentleman left the estate to his niece who became the wife of Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce, commissioner of Falkland House (1839).

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