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Latitude: 56.0702 / 56°4'12"N
Longitude: -3.4599 / 3°27'35"W
OS Eastings: 309216
OS Northings: 687338
OS Grid: NT092873
Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PGPS
Mapcode Global: WH5QR.TPMC
Entry Name: 27 Canmore Street
Listing Date: 12 January 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 362456
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25986
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central
Traditional County: Fife
Earlier-mid 19th century with later additions. 2-storey and basement and attic; 3-bay; detached villa (now flats) with single storey wing added to W, basement extended to S and shallow 2-storey extension to E. Classical design with Ionic columns to porch to principal (N) elevation. Polished ashlar principal (N) elevation with droved basement; mainly coursed rubble with droved ashlar dressings elsewhere; E extension harled. Base course to basement and ground floor, band course above ground floor and eaves cornice to principal elevation; eaves band and vertical margins at arrises elsewhere to original block. Moulded architraves with with aprons with fielded panels to ground floor windows to principle elevation; architraved openings to all floors elsewhere to original block.
N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: steps up to central entrance with shallow porch; entablature supported on short walls terminating as pilasters to either side and pair of Ionic columns in between; 6-panel timber door with rectangular fanlight. Window above and one to either side to each floor. Central entrance to basement; timber door. Polygonal piended dormer to centre. Cast-iron railings with fleur-de-lys and spearhead finials to either side of steps to main entrance and along street in front of basement. Shallow harled extension set back slightly to left. Single storey wing adjoins to right; single bay set back slightly; wing projects to outer right; 3-light mullioned window to former entrance to carriage drive; entrance to left return.
S ELEVATION: Regular fenestration to ground and 1st floors of original block; dormer to centre. Harled basement extension (with flat roof as terrace) extends across most of width of site. Single-storey extension set back to left. Shallow extension (window to ground and 1st floor) set back to right.
E ELEVATION: shallow 2-storey extension to most of elevation; irregular fenestration.
W ELEVATION: single storey wing; 2 gable-ended sections to right; blank wall extends to left.
Mainly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roofs, mainly piended. Wallhead stack with 6 coped octagonal stacks to either side (E and W) or original block; round cans.
INTERIOR: not inspected (1998).
Two blocked entrances in the cellars of No 1 Canmore Street are thought to lead to a buried medieval passageway, or vennel, which may extend in an easterly direction as far as No 29 Canmore Street. Little detailed evidence is currently available, but there may be two distinct underground areas, known as 'Between the Wa's' and 'The King's Sewer'. The structure is understood to follow a course which lies underneath the properties at Nos 1, 7, 25, 27 and 29 Canmore Street (see separate listings). There is also a stretch of abbey precinct wall (between Nos 21 and 25 Canmore Street) which is a scheduled monument.
List description updated June 2010.
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