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3 East Road, Castlefield House, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Wall

A Category C Listed Building in Cupar, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.321 / 56°19'15"N

Longitude: -3.0065 / 3°0'23"W

OS Eastings: 337843

OS Northings: 714745

OS Grid: NO378147

Mapcode National: GBR 2H.5NJ5

Mapcode Global: WH7S2.SDH2

Entry Name: 3 East Road, Castlefield House, Including Gatepiers and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 20 August 2004

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397678

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49966

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cupar

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Cupar

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

1851. 2-storey and attic 3-bay L-plan Plain Tudor villa with columned portico and 2-storey canted bay window. Later alterations and additions. Sandstone ashlar to principal elevation, predominantly squared and snecked tooled sandstone to other elevations. Base course, broken cill course, chamfered window openings, hoodmoulds, gabled dormerheads breaking eaves.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: off-centre 4-panel timber entrance door with plain rectangular 2-pane fanlight flanked by simple corniced portico with pair of Doric columns.

Above, single light window. To right, windows at both floors in slightly advanced panel with upper window with hoodmould. To left, advanced one bay gabled section with canted window at ground and 1st floors and small attic window with hoodmould above.

S (ELEVATION): symmetrical, 3-bay gable with coursed sandstone.

E (ELEVATION): off-centre gabled dormerhead breaking eaves. To left, later 1st floor projecting entrance doorway set at right angles with concrete steps leading to ground with right-angled turn.

To right, single storey and attic wing set at right angles with near-central piended dormer breaking eaves. To left of wing, recessed entrance doorway to house,

to far right doorway with relocated earlier triangular heraldic stone panel above.

Predominantly 8-pane timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slates. Gable end stacks, near-central ridge stack to wing at E.

INTERIOR: little altered. Timber panel doors, decorative cornice and dark grey marble fire surround to sitting room.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALL: to SE, pair of square corniced and chamfered gatepiers with gabled caps. To N, high loosely squared and snecked tooled sandstone wall with semicircular coping.

To S, wall initially punctuated with garages and entrance doorway to garden, to far S, high wall with loosely squared and snecked sandstone with semicircular coping continuing at right angles into East Road.

Statement of Interest

See also list description for 1 East Road.

A good example of a mid 19th century Cupar house. An important market town, Cupar thrived in the 19th century and Castlefield House is evidence of the need to expand eastwards to accommodate the growing affluent population.

The modern house (1 East Road) in the garden to the West is in separate ownership and is not included in the listing, although its boundary wall with toll post is listed separately under 1 East Road.

A feuing plan of 1850 for the strip of land on which this house was built by William Horne ('civil engineer and ordained surveyor') of Cupar shows 9 L-plan houses of which Castlefield House is house 'A'. Three principal elevations are shown of 2-storey 3-bay houses, none conforming exactly to the houses actually built.

As yet an architect has not been attributed to the houses and it is possible that Horne followed designs from a patternbook. In the end, 5 houses were built, of which 3 remain. Castlefield and Castlefield Tower (taking up a double feu plot) were demolished in the second half of the 20th century. For the other houses, Easterhill and Castlebank, see separate list descriptions.

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