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Durie Street, Carberry House, Sundial

A Category B Listed Building in Leven, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1988 / 56°11'55"N

Longitude: -2.9933 / 2°59'35"W

OS Eastings: 338464

OS Northings: 701132

OS Grid: NO384011

Mapcode National: GBR 2H.FKGK

Mapcode Global: WH7SN.ZGS8

Entry Name: Durie Street, Carberry House, Sundial

Listing Date: 24 November 1985

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 382424

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB37350

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Leven

County: Fife

Town: Leven

Electoral Ward: Leven, Kennoway and Largo

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Probably 17th century; restored 1889; removed to current site 1982. 3-stage, red sandstone, obelisk type sundial with hollow-faceted dials much eroded. Modern stepped 3 tier rectangular base giving way to shaft of 5 cubes with hollowed out symbols; 2nd stage capital with reclining, upright and proclining dials surmounted by incised tapering finial.

Statement of Interest

It is widely believed that the shaft and capital belonged originally to the town cross which was removed from its site at Carpenter's Brae in 1767 for the funeral procession of Mr Gibson (formerly of Durie House which burned down in 1762). Nothing is remembered of its whereabouts until 15th January 1889 when Mr James Anderson of Norton House discovered it (broken into pieces) built into a garden wall. This gentleman funded its restoration, with a new (conjectural) finial and it was subsequently erected outside the Greig Institute at Viewforth Place. As the road at Viewforth was widened in 1982, the sundial was moved to the grounds of Carberry House. Although regarded primarily as a market cross, Small points out that it was largely a sundial first and was probably utilised as a cross.

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