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Garden House, Culross Abbey House

A Category A Listed Building in Culross, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0585 / 56°3'30"N

Longitude: -3.6219 / 3°37'18"W

OS Eastings: 299101

OS Northings: 686259

OS Grid: NS991862

Mapcode National: GBR 1R.Q89B

Mapcode Global: WH5QP.BZKC

Plus Code: 9C8R395H+C7

Entry Name: Garden House, Culross Abbey House

Listing Name: Culross, Culross Abbey House Policies, Garden House Including Garden Walls, Terrace, Setts and Seat

Listing Date: 12 January 1972

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 359808

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB23965

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200359808

Location: Culross

County: Fife

Town: Culross

Electoral Ward: West Fife and Coastal Villages

Traditional County: Fife

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Terraced walk immediately S of Culross Abbey House leads eastwards to Garden House. Stone setts either side of centrally flagged area to S of Culross Abbey House terminate at pavilions; gravel path beyond. Stone steps lead to terraced lawn to SE of house; flanking corniced stone balustrade. Rubble garden wall extends eastwards from N of E pavilion; projecting blocked coping stones. Door to W. Seat using 3 carved window pediments from house; foliate finials to each; central pediment initialled 'DMB' (Dame Magdalen Bruce) adjacent to S elevation of garden wall. Garden House, dated 1674, recessed in E garden wall to N, facing W. Elliptical arch; moulded surround; corniced imposts; keystone carved with plaque. Flanking fluted pediments; moulded cornice above. Foliate detail in angle between arch and pilaster. Frieze above arch with plaques, central plaque dated 1674; surmounting cornice. Piended roof; diagonally laid stone tiles; corniced ridge. Diagonally laid stone tiles to floor. Garden wall sweeps down to S; door to right leads to the Stables. Wall turns eastwards and continues as brick wall; narrow red bricks divided by 3 continuous bands of yellow brick. Wall swept to W; projecting flat stone wallhead. Brick wall terminates and stone wall continues southwards; swept to N; break in wall to N and S.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Culross Abbey House; Culross Abbey House Policies, East and West Lodges and Stables. The garden house was part of the designed garden of Culross Abbey House, sited at the end of a terraced walk. Alexander Bruce, 2nd Earl of Kincardine completed the building of Culross Abbey House and enlarged it by adding a second floor, he also laid out the gardens. Slezer's view of 1693 shows the terraced garden, stone steps, the garden house and also a picturesque image of the parkland to the south, enclosed by a wall.

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