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Culross, West Green, the House

A Category B Listed Building in Culross, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0553 / 56°3'19"N

Longitude: -3.6317 / 3°37'54"W

OS Eastings: 298480

OS Northings: 685920

OS Grid: NS984859

Mapcode National: GBR 1R.QD2T

Mapcode Global: WH5QW.52W7

Entry Name: Culross, West Green, the House

Listing Date: 12 January 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 359819

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB23975

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Culross

County: Fife

Town: Culross

Electoral Ward: West Fife and Coastal Villages

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Dated 1636; later alterations. 3-storey; 5-bay, rectangular-plan house. Harled walls; exposed stonework to windows and door surrounds. Decorative dormerheads to E.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: entrance door at 2nd bay; National Trust for Scotland (NTS) plaque above; lamp above door to right; horizontal window to left of door; window to right. Blocked door to far right bay; exposed stone surrounds; small window to left of door. Small 1st floor window at 1st bay; window to right. Window (possible former door) at 3rd bay, 1st floor (half blocked); window above door to far right. Pedimented dormer to left; reeded carving within pediment; projecting scrolls to rakes; thistle finial. Pedimented dormer to right; projecting scrolls to rakes; inscribed tympanum 'PK ME 1636', mullet, symbols; mullet within round finial. Lean-to to far right; ground floor window.

S ELEVATION: attached to The House at West Green.

W ELEVATION: central ground floor window; window to left. 1st floor window to left and right. Catslide dormer window to right and left. Lean-to to far left; ground floor window.

N ELEVATION: plain gable. Lean-to extension at ground floor; central door; flanking windows.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Replacement timber studded door; tirling pin. Pitched, slate roof; crowstepped gable to N. Coped gable apex stacks.

INTERIOR: ground floor N room; large fireplace in N gable (currently blocked up, 2001); exposed sandstone surround; nook to left of fireplace. Ground floor N room, bed recess in E wall. 1st floor SE room, large fireplace in S wall, sandstone surround including huge lintel. 1st floor N room; exposed rubble sandstone walls to N and E. Large fireplace in N wall; slight chamfer to stone surround; large stone lintel. Blocked window to right of fireplace, set back, at floor level. Recess in E wall (possibly another bed recess). 2nd floor N room; small square room with coved ceiling and plastered ceiling; moulded ribs; winged heads; 8-pronged star within central circle.

Statement of Interest

Formerly listed as House (I Muir) West Green. During restoration of the house for the NTS in 1962, the interior features were discovered. This is an interesting building, not least because of its decorative pediments, the retention of its 17th century fireplaces and also the moulded plaster ceiling. The decorative dormer pediments are similar to those at Culross Palace; the triangular reeded pediment with thistle finial matches one on the W building of Culross Palace, but with additional scrolls to rakes. The other pediment has a mullet within a circle, a symbol that is seen on the finial to the Bruce Vault at the Abbey Church and 3 mullets feature in the Bruce coat of arms. This suggests that the house may have been connected to the Bruces. For brief history of Culross Burgh see Culross, The Cross, The Study.

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