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Latitude: 56.0373 / 56°2'14"N
Longitude: -3.5002 / 3°30'0"W
OS Eastings: 306624
OS Northings: 683732
OS Grid: NT066837
Mapcode National: GBR 1W.RRLY
Mapcode Global: WH5QY.6JH1
Entry Name: 7-12 (Inclusive Numbers) Charlestown Village, (North Row)
Listing Date: 31 December 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395143
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47808
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Rosyth
Traditional County: Fife
Later 18th century-earlier 19th century. Symmetrical row of 6 single storey cottages, broken by 2 central cottages with attics. Brick upper storeys added circa 1850. Rendered sandstone; pebble dash to 11
S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical 3 bays each; central door; flanking windows.
W ELEVATION: plain gable.
N ELEVATION: some contemporary rear wings and modern extensions.
E ELEVATION: window in gable wall.
2-pane sash and case windows to 8 and 9 Charlestown Village; replacement fenestration to 7, 11 and 12 Charlestown Village and rear. Box windows flank central 10 Charlestown Village front door; continuous canopy above forms porch cover to door. 2 pitched dormer windows to 9 Charlestown Village; 2 flat-headed dormer windows to 10 Charlestown Village. Continuous piended slate roof, broken by raised pitched slate roof to 9 and 10 Charlestown Village. Slate laid in diminishing courses. Single shared ridge stack to 7 and 8 Charlestown Village; gable apex stacks to 9 and 10 and shared central ridge stack; shared ridge stack to 11 and 12 Charlestown Village; gable end stack to 12 Charlestown Village.
INTERIORS: not seen, 2000.
A-Group with 1-90 Charlestown Village, exluding 36-37 and 52-55 Charlestown Village; Charlestown, Bridge of Former Elgin Railway; Charlestown, Camsie House; Charlestown Harbour; Charlestown Harbour Road, Limekilns; Charlestown Village, K6 Telephone Kiosk; Charlestown Village, The Queen's Hall; Charlestown, 8, 10, 14, The Sutlery, 16, 18 Rocks Road; Charlestown, 12 Rocks Road, The Old School House; Charlestown, Rocks Road, Former Estate Workshop; Charlestown, Rocks Road, Old School. Charlestown Village was built by Charles, 5th Earl of Elgin (1732-1771) and was continued by his successors. It was built to the plan of the letter "K" and an elongated "E" (Kincardine and Elgin) and named after its founder. The Earl of Elgin exploited the nearby deposits of coal and limestone to create an industry which involved the establishment of the largest limeworks in Scotland, an iron foundry, brick works, the export of coal and coke, the necessary transport for the materials which included wagonways and the harbour and provided accommodation for the workers. Construction of the planned village commenced in 1756 at the middle stroke of the E (Double Row) with uniform workmen's cottages. By 1771, South Row, Lochaber and part of North Row had been built. The completion of North Row was the final stage in the development of the planned village. The houses were all built to the same size in sets of 6 with clay pantiles which were glazed black in colour to look like slate (some cottages retain these black tiles), and with a front or rear yard and rear kitchen extensions forming a double hipped roof to the cottages. In 1840 6 wells were placed in the village, by the 1920's water was piped to every house and in 1930 indoor lavatories were installed. Most of the cottages are now in private ownership, although some still belong to the Broomhall Estate. The planned village has survived well and its importance is enhanced by the retention of its associated structures including the Queen's Hall, shop, school, limekilns and harbour.
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