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26-28 Main Street, North Queensferry

A Category B Listed Building in Inverkeithing, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0088 / 56°0'31"N

Longitude: -3.3949 / 3°23'41"W

OS Eastings: 313123

OS Northings: 680423

OS Grid: NT131804

Mapcode National: GBR 20.TK7X

Mapcode Global: WH6S9.T7LD

Plus Code: 9C8R2J54+G3

Entry Name: 26-28 Main Street, North Queensferry

Listing Name: North Queensferry, 26, 28 Main Street (Black Cat Inn)

Listing Date: 12 July 1985

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 342381

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB9984

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Parish: Inverkeithing

Traditional County: Fife

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1693. Two 2-storey houses (formerly an inn), 3-bays to No 28 (to S), 2-bays to No 26 (to N), rectangular-plan. Rendered, random rubble to S; stone margins to front, painted margins to rear. Inscribed pediment above ground floor window.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central pedimented window inscribed "TP / BC" within shield, rosette at apex; flanking timber boarded doors; window to outer bays. 3 1st floor windows to right centred above ground floor openings, penultimate window to right enlarged; 1st floor window to left. Information plaque to far right.

N ELEVATION: adjoining house and pend to N.

W ELEVATION: 4-bay; late 20th century alterations to fenestration and door openings. Modern conservatory to centre right.

S ELEVATION: plain gable.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows; modern windows to S half of rear elevation. Pitched roof; concrete pantiles; crowstepped skews; beaked and scrolled skewputts; coped gablehead stacks, clay cans.

Statement of Interest

This building is said to be the oldest standing property in the village and is situated on a prominent site in the Main Street. The current layout of the principal elevation is 3-bays to the left and 2-bays to the right; however, the original layout could possibly have been 2-bays to the left and 3-bays to the right. Older photographs from the NMRS Collection indicate that a now missing ridge stack was formerly located to the left of centre. These photographs also indicate that the ground floor window to the far right was formerly set closer to the door. The original owners were Thomas Peastie and Bessie Cruach (or Creech), corresponding to the initials carved into the window pediment. Previous listing notes from 1985 state that a contemporary fireplace lintel dated 1693 has been destroyed. The North Queensferry Heritage Trust plaque states: "This old tavern was constructed in 1693." The building was formerly in use as coaching inn and is still widely known by its original name, the Black Cat Inn. Previously, access to the front was from the pavement on a downward slope to W. A front garden was later built-up and steps were added when Main Street was altered possibly during the 1970s.

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