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Snuff Cottage, Tanhouse Brae, Culross

A Category B Listed Building in Culross, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0562 / 56°3'22"N

Longitude: -3.6275 / 3°37'39"W

OS Eastings: 298741

OS Northings: 686011

OS Grid: NS987860

Mapcode National: GBR 1R.QF09

Mapcode Global: WH5QW.71VK

Plus Code: 9C8R394C+FX

Entry Name: Snuff Cottage, Tanhouse Brae, Culross

Listing Name: Culross, Tanhouse Brae, Snuff Cottage Including Garden Wall

Listing Date: 12 June 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 359901

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB24051

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200359901

Location: Culross

County: Fife

Town: Culross

Electoral Ward: West Fife and Coastal Villages

Traditional County: Fife

Tagged with: Cottage

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Dated 1763; 1950's rear additions. 2-storey, 3-bay house; garage to N. Round-headed door and central window. Blue coloured render; stone surrounds to door and windows; moulded eaves course.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical elevation; central door; segmental arched, blocked door surround; keystone and imposts. Threshold stepping stone over open street drain. Window to right and left. Round-headed window above door; blocked surround; keystone. Inscription around window reads, 'Wha wad ha' thoct it 1763 WC'. Flanking windows hug eaves, centred above ground floor windows. Redundant curved skewputt to right. Garage to left, (single storey to W); garage door to left; window to right.

N ELEVATION: plain gable.

E ELEVATION: exposed rubble wall. Modern glazed doors to left; modern flat-roofed dormer window above. Small 1st floor window to centre; flat-roofed dormer window to right. Advanced timber and stone extension to right; door and window to right return; window to left and left return. Advanced timber boarded porch to left of extension; glazed door. Redundant curved skewputt to far left. Garage to right; window to left; advanced section to right; central window; steps lead to door in right return. Archway at ground floor to right; recessed doors in arch.

S ELEVATION: attached to Preston View.

12-pane timber sash and case windows; horns to 1st floor windows. Lattice glazing to round-headed window; central bullseye. Principal elevation, ground floor windows rebated for shutters; shutter hinge pins remain. Replacement windows to rear. Rooflight to W. 2-leaf timber door. Pitched roofs; clay pantiles. Crowstepped gable to N to workshop/garage; kneelered gables to house. Gable apex stacks.

INTERIOR: modern interior. Metal door pin to secure narrower section of entrance door remains.


Tall rubble wall to N.

Statement of Interest

The line 'Wha wad ha' thoct it' is supposed to have been completed by an inscription on another snuff-maker's house in Edinburgh which read 'Noses wad ha bought it'. This saying is reputed to have come from a comment made by the Lord Advocate, Henry Erskine, directed at James Gillespie of Spylaw House, Colinton, Edinburgh (an Edinburgh tobacco and snuff merchant, later the founder of Gillespie's Hospital). The redundant skewputts of Snuff Cottage indicate that the house was originally single storey, perhaps 17th century (Gifford). The garage has been partly converted into a kitchen and may have been the snuff maker's workshop. The rear extensions were added in the 1950's for a former occupant, Mrs Boston. The ironwork to the rear kitchen window bears her initials and is dated 1958. For brief history of Culross Burgh see Culross, The Cross, The Study.

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