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High Street, Market Cross to North of Guildhall Street

A Category B Listed Building in Dunfermline, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0714 / 56°4'17"N

Longitude: -3.4616 / 3°27'41"W

OS Eastings: 309107

OS Northings: 687474

OS Grid: NT091874

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PG86

Mapcode Global: WH5QR.SNSF

Entry Name: High Street, Market Cross to North of Guildhall Street

Listing Date: 12 January 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 362471

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26003

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Town: Dunfermline

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Later 19th century with late 20th century shaft. Sandstone ashlar market cross. Stepped octagonal base (inscribed 'RE-ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION ... AUGUST 1868'). Circular shaft (dated 1992) surmounted by carved unicorn with Scottish shield on square pedestal; heraldic carvings to each side of pedestal, including burgh arms of Dunfermline; shield with lion rampant to front. Foliate carvings to underside of pedestal.

Statement of Interest

Prior to 1992 a shaft dated 1695 was extant. The base and decorative head probably date from the re-erection of the cross in 1868. (It had been removed and the pillar built into the wall of a nearby house in 1752). It is possible that the urnicorn may be a much restored 17th century carving. The Dunfermline Press recorded that a carved stone was designed by Joseph Noel Paton as a mounting for the unicorn in 1868. The market cross was resited in this position (believed to have been its original one of 1396) in 1992.

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