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North Queensferry, Main Street, Brae House and White House

A Category C Listed Building in Inverkeithing, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0102 / 56°0'36"N

Longitude: -3.3955 / 3°23'43"W

OS Eastings: 313085

OS Northings: 680575

OS Grid: NT130805

Mapcode National: GBR 20.TC44

Mapcode Global: WH6S9.T68B

Entry Name: North Queensferry, Main Street, Brae House and White House

Listing Date: 18 June 1973

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 342369

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB9974

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Parish: Inverkeithing

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Dated 1771 and 1778. Row of two 2-storey, 3-bay traditional rectangular-plan houses (Brae House to E; White House to W). Brae House: rendered; painted margins; inscribed lintel above door "TB 1771". Non-traditional dormers to front; late 20th century pitched and flat-roofed extensions to rear. White House: rendered to S; harled to N and W; blue painted margins. 3-faced sundial corbelled from party wall, dated 1778. Ground sloping down to S.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 3-faced sundial corbelled from party wall, dated 1778. Brae House: modern door with inscribed lintel above door "TB 1771"; flanked by windows. 3 1st floor windows set close to eaves, centred above. Modern 3-light dormers to attic. White House: central replacement door; flanked by windows. 3 1st floor windows set close to eaves, centred above.

E ELEVATION: window at 1st floor level to right; modern extension to right.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: high ground to rear, moat access to ground level of houses. Brae House: single storey modern pitched and flat-roofed extensions at 1st floor level on higher ground. White house: 1st floor door off-centre left with gangway access to high ground; 2 ground floor windows flanking above door opening.

W ELEVATION: 1st floor modern window inserted to far right; small window at attic floor to left.

Non-traditional windows throughout. Pitched roofs; graded grey slates to Brae House; replacement man-made slates to White House; ashlar coped skews; moulded skewputts to S, beaked skewputts to N; coped harled gablehead stacks to centre and to W, that to E rendered.

INTERIOR: no original features remaining to White House; interior of Brae House not seen, 2002.

Statement of Interest

This row of 2 houses is situated on a prominent site near the centre of North Queensferry village. Despite the modern extensions to the rear of Brae House, which are not visible from the street, these houses contribute to the early historic fabric of the village. Access to the upper dwellings was probably located to the rear of each house. Ramp access is still in place at the rear of White House. The initials, "T B" at Brae House refer to Thomas Brown, shipmaster.

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