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Carriston with Walled Garden, Bee Boles, Boundary Walls, Gates and Railings

A Category B Listed Building in Markinch, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2244 / 56°13'27"N

Longitude: -3.0925 / 3°5'32"W

OS Eastings: 332356

OS Northings: 704070

OS Grid: NO323040

Mapcode National: GBR 2D.CTCX

Mapcode Global: WH6R9.GTM6

Entry Name: Carriston with Walled Garden, Bee Boles, Boundary Walls, Gates and Railings

Listing Date: 1 March 1996

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 389283

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB42971

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Markinch

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch

Parish: Markinch

Traditional County: Fife

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Early 19th century, extended late 19th century (possibly Peddie and Kinnear). 2 storey and part basement house with 3 stage tower in Italianate style. Squared, coursed and dressed sandstone rubble over random rubble basement (original house in variety of yellow and grey sandstone) with narrow, dressed ashlar and squared and snecked rubble; dressed and polished quoins. Base, dividing and eaves courses. Round headed windows with voussoirs, chamfered arrises and stone mullions.

S (ORIGINAL ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Flight of 8 steps oversailing basement to centre bay with tall door (converted to window) in Doric columned, canopied doorcase, windows in flanking bays and regular bays at basement and 1st floor.

3 STAGE TOWER: at centre of E elevation. Flight of 6 steps with flanking ball finialled dwarf walls leading to panelled timber door with semicircular fanlight in round headed keystoned, corniced doorway with moulded brackets and spandrels; 2 narrow windows on return to right and narrow light beyond to right in recess. 2nd stage: dividing course giving way to 2nd stage with round headed window and similar window on return to right, narrow light as above but truncated by roof line. 3rd stage with cill course, round headed tripartite windows to E and S, and 2 narrow windows to N. Mutuled cornice above with stone balustraded parapet of keystoned occuli with semicircular headed square dies.

W ELEVATION: bay to left of centre with canted quadripartite window with cornice and blocking course at ground and bipartite window above with dormerhead breaking eaves; bay to right of centre recessed (original building) with 2 windows to both floors and further window to left at basement.

N ELEVATION: tall window off centre left at ground with window above; lower projecting bay to left with window at ground, return to right with panelled timber door and plate glass fanlight to right, adjacent small window to left and further window above.

E ELEVATION: 4 bay with lower bay to outer right. Projecting bay to left (original building) with window at ground right, broad shouldered stack above and window to both floors on return to right. Bay to left of centre with basement door and adjacent window to left, window at ground and round headed, margined stair window above. Large bipartite window to right of centre with bipartite window above breaking eaves into dormerhead. Recessed outer right bay with steps up to timber door and small adjacent window to right.

4, 6, 10 pane and plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows. 3 pane glazing pattern to stair window with coloured glass margins. Grey slates. Rubble and coped ashlar stacks with cans (some polygonal), deeply overhanging eaves.

INTERIOR: 1st stage of tower with roundels depicting painted plasterwork(?) putti; staircase with decorative timber balusters; decorative cornicing and marble fireplaces. Parquet floor to lounge and hall, and panelled shutters.

WALLED GARDEN WITH BEE BOLES: coped random rubble walled garden, rectangular plan, to SE; N perimeter buttressed to N and with a row of 4 square bee boles to S.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATES AND RAILINGS: coped rubble boundary walls; saddleback coped ashlar boundary wall with decorative cast iron gates and hooped railings; cast iron railings to E elevation steps.

Statement of Interest

In the 16th century Carriston (Caraldstoun) belonged to David Balfour whose daughter married John Seton circa 1550. The property remained in the Seton family until late 1700?s when it passed to the Lawsons who still owned it when Cunningham was writing.

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