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Wilson's Institution, 85 New Row, Dunfermline

A Category B Listed Building in Dunfermline, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0694 / 56°4'9"N

Longitude: -3.4577 / 3°27'27"W

OS Eastings: 309345

OS Northings: 687242

OS Grid: NT093872

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PP4J

Mapcode Global: WH5QR.VQM0

Plus Code: 9C8R3G9R+QW

Entry Name: Wilson's Institution, 85 New Row, Dunfermline

Listing Name: 85 New Row, Wilson's Institution

Listing Date: 12 January 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 362491

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26021

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200362491

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Town: Dunfermline

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central

Traditional County: Fife

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Dated 1857. Single storey; 4-bay; rectangular-plan; detached former free school. Classical design with pedimented principle (E) elevation with flanking Doric pilasters. Sandstone ashlar facade; coursed stugged snecked sandstone with ashlar dressings elsewhere. Base course to principal elevation; eaves band to side (N and S) elevations. Architraved openings to principal elevation. Coped gables.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: steps up to central corniced entrance with 4-panel timber door. Flanking round-arched windows with keyblocks, pilastered jambs and projecting cills. Doric pilasters to either side of elevation support entablature. Panel to centre of pediment above inscribed 'WILSON'S INSTITUTION 1857'. Flanking outer Doric pilasters set back slightly at arrises.

S ELEVATION: 2-light mullioned window with projecting cill to each of 4 bays. Inserted entrance with cemented architrave and plain timber door to outer left.

W ELEVATION: 2-light mullioned window with projecting cill to centre.


8 and 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof. Small ashlar stack at ridge behind pediment; pair of corniced wallhead stacks with curved shoulders to S side; cans missing.

INTERIOR: not inspected (1998).

Statement of Interest

Built as a free school by the Free Abbey Church. According to Bert McEwan it was designed by a Mr Hay. One of a pair of twin buildings (that to S rebuilt 1954) currently (1998) in use as a dance studio.

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