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Beveridge Park, Main Gate and South East Gate

A Category B Listed Building in Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Latitude: 56.1075 / 56°6'27"N

Longitude: -3.1711 / 3°10'15"W

OS Eastings: 327262

OS Northings: 691148

OS Grid: NT272911

Mapcode National: GBR 29.M7JH

Mapcode Global: WH6RV.8R68

Entry Name: Beveridge Park, Main Gate and South East Gate

Listing Date: 26 March 1998

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 392415

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45493

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kirkcaldy

County: Fife

Town: Kirkcaldy

Electoral Ward: Kirkcaldy Central

Traditional County: Fife

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Probably William D Sang, 1891. 2 sets of 4 Renaissance style, square section, red sandstone gatepiers framing wide carriage entrance and flanking pedestrian walkways.

GATEPIERS: deep base course, main piers principal elevation with fielded panel; external faces of inner piers with commemoration plaques worded:

"This Park was provided out of money bequeathed for the

purpose to the Provost Magistrates and Town Council of Kirkcaldy

by Michael Beveridge Esq of Beechwood who died Provost of

Kirkcaldy 4th March 1890", and

"This Park was opened by Mrs Beveridge the widow of the donor

along with the Provost Magistrates and Town Council of the Burgh

of Kirkcaldy on the 24th September 1892".

Top of pier with moulded pilasters over anthemion devices to outer edges, flanking small carved head below string course and moulded frieze giving way to dentilled cavetto cornice. Crowned with scroll-flanked shaft, moulded cornice and scrollwork pediment.

Statement of Interest

Opened formally on 24th September, 1892, Beveridge Park was designed by William D Sang, with lodges (listed separately) by J W Hislop. Provost Michael Beveridge (1836-1890) bequeathed ?50,000 to the town of Kirkcaldy, for the provision of a public park, public library and hall in the burgh. The park (92 acres) was purchased, together with Southerton House, from Raith Estates. Michael Beveridge was a linen manufacturer, and "founder, with Mr Shepherd of Rossend Castle, of extensive floorcloth and linoleum works at Pathhead" (Millar). The company Barry, Ostlere and Shepherd ceased trading in 1964. Provost Beveridge's family home, Beechwood in Bennochy Road, is listed separately.

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