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Windygates, Cameron Hospital, Haig House with Outbuilding Boundary Wall and Railings

A Category B Listed Building in Markinch, Fife

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Latitude: 56.1876 / 56°11'15"N

Longitude: -3.0569 / 3°3'24"W

OS Eastings: 334499

OS Northings: 699941

OS Grid: NT344999

Mapcode National: GBR 2F.G369

Mapcode Global: WH7SN.0QLX

Entry Name: Windygates, Cameron Hospital, Haig House with Outbuilding Boundary Wall and Railings

Listing Date: 24 November 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 350468

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB16684

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Markinch

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Leven, Kennoway and Largo

Parish: Markinch

Traditional County: Fife

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David Bryce, 1849; converted to administration block for Infectious Diseases Hospital, 1911. 2 storey and single storey Scottish 17th century gabled house on ground falling to NW with distinctive stacks. Stugged ashlar with squared and snecked rubble, ashlar dressings. Deep, chamfered base course, dividing course and eaves cornice. Corbels, keystone, moulded crowsteps, hoodmould, roll moulded and chamfered arrises, stone mullions.

NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 5 bay. Steps with dwarf wall lead to 2 leaf panelled timber door to left of centre in roll moulded, keystoned doorcase with hoodmould below corniced, moulded panel with galleon in swagged roundel dated 1911 and worded ?INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITAL?; stepped corbel at 1st floor flanking mutuled window and glazed arrow slit in finialled gablehead, flanked by dominant square, grouped stacks. Broad, gabled bay to left with window to both floors. Lower centre bay with window and adjacent small light to right to both floors, that at 1st floor with finialled, pedimented dormerhead breaking eaves. Penultimate bay to right with window to both floors and arrow slit in gablehead; advanced, massive 4 stage, square stack to left; 1st stage corbelled, remaining stages coped and battered (2nd stage to S only). Outer right bay with slightly advanced, gabled porch to left with segmental headed opening and open return to left, that to right adjoining projecting, low, pitch roofed extension with blocked opening: blind gablehead above with gablehead stack.

SE ELEVATION: bay to right of centre with window at both floors, that to lst floor with finialled, pedimented dormerhead breaking eaves; broad bay to left with canted window and blocking course below M gable with 2 windows and corbelled 3 stage stack piercing crowsteps to right. (Modern steel fire escape to left).

SW ELEVATION: low, modern stone porch with ramp at centre abutting full height tripartite window to right at ground, 2 windows above, each with finialled, pedimented dormerheads breaking eaves; bay to outer right with canted window at ground corbelling out to 1st floor with window and arrow slit in gablehead. Recessed face to left of centre with window to right at ground and to 1st floor finialled and pedimented as above, broad gable to left with window to both floors; low, flat roofed slightly recessed extension with window to outer left.

NW ELEVATION: large, flat roofed garage to left concealing ground floor, 2 windows over, that to left with pedimented dormerhead breaking eaves. Lower, gabled projection to right with dominant stack. Outbuilding (see below) adjoining link section to left.

Small pane glazing patterns throughout except to canted windows with plate glass glazing, all in timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slates, large slates to right on NE elevation. Coped ashlar stacks with polygonal and moulded cans; ashlar coped skews and moulded skewputts. Cast iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers.

INTERIOR: minor alterations for use as nurses? residence, particularly to inner hall. Square headed alcoves flanking main entrance, part glazed screen door to inner hall and staircase with decorative cast iron balusters and timber handrail, carved heraldic shield with motto ?TYDE WHAT MAY?, lantern above stair well. Principal rooms to ground floor, that to SE with bracketed, black marble fireplace, decorative cornice, shutters and picture rail; that to SW with white marble fireplace and cast iron inset, decorative cornice. Further staircase also with decorative cast iron balusters and timber handrail.

OUTBUILDINGS: crowstepped, squared and dressed rubble linked outbuilding to NE on ground falling to NW. Timber door with fanlight in gable to SE: 3 windows with pedimented dormerheads breaking eaves to NE, over basement with 2 leaf timber door to right, 2 blocked openings to left: window at ground and basement to NW.

Statement of Interest

Known also as Cameron House (1st OS) and Cameron Bridge House. Built by the Haig family, owners of nearby Cameron Bridge Distillery, and home of Field Marshal Earl Haig, born 1861. Retained as administrative premises when the first 4 wards of Cameron Hospital were built, but replaced in 1940 by a new administration building.

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