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Latitude: 56.0703 / 56°4'12"N
Longitude: -3.4613 / 3°27'40"W
OS Eastings: 309125
OS Northings: 687345
OS Grid: NT091873
Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PGBT
Mapcode Global: WH5QR.SPYB
Entry Name: 1 Canmore Street, St Margaret's Hotel
Listing Date: 10 March 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394270
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46886
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central
Traditional County: Fife
Earlier 19th century with additions and alterations. 3-storey and attic; 3-bay; rectangular-plan; original block orientated N/S along St Margaret St; 2-storey wing added to E along Canmore St probably late 19th century; lower-height extension to E late 20th century. Symmetrical elevation to St Margaret St with modillioned eaves cornice and enlarged windows to ground floor; pair of 1st floor oriel windows to Canmore St. Ground floor of original block rendered to imitate ashlar; coursed droved sandstone (painted white) to remaining sections of St Margaret St and Canmore St elevations; coursed rubble and harled elsewhere; ashlar dressings, mainly polished. Eaves cornice to St Margaret St and Canmore St elevations. Coped gables.
W (ST MARGARET ST) ELEVATION: central entrance with flanking pilasters; replacement glazed timber door with rectangular fanlight. Large flanking architraved windows. Bracketed and corniced timber fascia board above wraps around Canmore St elevation to left. Regularly disposed windows to 1st and 2nd floors; each with window to each of 3 bays. Later flanking polygonal piended dormer windows to attic; rectangular dormer in between.
N (CANMORE ST) ELEVATION: architraved entrance with rounded reveals to left of main block; panelled 2-leaf timber door. Window to left. Timber fascia board above wraps around St Margaret St elevation to right. Pair of recessed canted oriel windows to 1st floor of original block; pair of blocked windows above. Later wing adjoins to left. Entrance with timber door with rectangular fanlight to right. Window above and one to outer left. Pair of windows with joined cill to left of 1st floor. Coped boundary wall with 2 entrances adjoins to left of ground floor.
12-pane timber sash and case windows to 1st and 2nd floors to St Margaret St elevation; modern 3-pane fixed frame windows to ground floor; mainly 2-pane timber sash and case windows elsewhere to N and W elevations. Grey slate roofs to original block and late 19th century wing. Corniced ashlar gablehead stacks to either (N and S) end of original block; harled coped gablehead stack to late 19th century wing; round cans.
INTERIOR: ground floor modernised. Other floors not inspected (1998).
Retains a well-preserved street frontage to upper floors. An early 20th century photograph show it to be unaltered externally (apart from window frames) since this time. It bears the name St Margaret's Hotel on the photograph.
Two blocked entrances in the cellars of No 1 Canmore Street are thought to lead to a buried medieval passageway, or vennel, which may extend in an easterly direction as far as No 29 Canmore Street. Little detailed evidence is currently available, but there may be two distinct underground areas, known as 'Between the Wa's' and 'The King's Sewer'. The structure is understood to follow a course which lies underneath the properties at Nos 1, 7, 25, 27 and 29 Canmore Street (see separate listings). There is also a stretch of abbey precinct wall (between Nos 21 and 25 Canmore Street) which is a scheduled monument.
List description updated June 2010.
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