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Tower Bar, White Rose Terrace, Methil

A Category C Listed Building in Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages, Fife

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Latitude: 56.1885 / 56°11'18"N

Longitude: -3.0086 / 3°0'31"W

OS Eastings: 337498

OS Northings: 699997

OS Grid: NT374999

Mapcode National: GBR 2H.G21L

Mapcode Global: WH7SN.RQJ6

Plus Code: 9C8R5XQR+9H

Entry Name: Tower Bar, White Rose Terrace, Methil

Listing Name: Methil, Wellesley Road and Whyterose Terrace, Tower Bar

Listing Date: 10 September 1979

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 358327

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22714

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200358327

Location: Buckhaven and Methil

County: Fife

Town: Buckhaven And Methil

Electoral Ward: Buckhaven, Methil and Wemyss Villages

Traditional County: Fife

Tagged with: Pub

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1906. 2-storey, V-plan traditionally detailed public house and residential wings, with crowstepped dormerheads and 5-stage, slim, square-plan clock tower. Harled with stone margins. Mutuled dividing course suggesting jettied 1st floor. Moulded eaves cornice and round-headed doors to tower.

SW TOWER: engaged below 3rd stage. 1st stage with blinded round-headed window and timber door to each return; modern brewers sign below arrowslit to SW and returns at 2nd and 3rd stages; clock with Roman numerals to each face of 4th stage and smaller arrowslit close to cornice above; swept pyramidal roof with louvered air vent (later?) to SW and NW.

NW (WELLESLEY ROAD) ELEVATION: 4 bay elevation with panelled timber door and plate glass fanlight to right of centre and fixed timber bipartite window below traditionally lettered timber sign 'The TOWER BAR' in curved bay to outer right; window to left of centre and bipartite window beyond to outer left. 1st floor with 2 windows to centre bays and flanking bipartite windows each breaking eaves into crowstepped dormerhead.

SE (WHYTEROSE TERRACE) ELEVATION: door (as above) in bay to left of centre, bipartite window in curved bay (as above) to outer left, and 2 windows to right. 1st floor with 4 windows (grouped 3-1) to centre and right, shouldered wallhead stack to left and further window to outer left, all windows breaking eaves into crowstepped dormerheads.

Plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows. Purple slates. Coped harled stacks with full complement of cans.

INTERIOR: original timber bar (see Notes).

Statement of Interest

Both fixed windows in curved bays house carved timber panels with 3 inset mirrors, probably from original bar. Original listing mentions a 'cast-iron verandah' on the west flank, no evidence remains. Murray explains that the tower once boasted a gilt swan weathervane, and records the bar as built by Wemyss & District Tramway Co (with the depot opposite) and known as the 'Clock Tower Tearoom and Tavern'. However, the original listing states that it was built for the Parish of Wemyss Public House Society. No further information available 1998.

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