Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 29648 2757
329648, 702757


James Barclay, 1816. Single storey, 5 bay, U plan, piended house. Dressed ashlar and squared and snecked rubble. Eaves course. Stone mullion.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Deep set panelled timber door with diamond astragalled fanlight at centre with flanking narrow windows, all recessed under narrow canopy with 2 rusticated pillars; further windows in outer bays.

SE ELEVATION: symmetrical 3 bays to left with lower, recessed bay to outer right. 3 part bow window with conical roof at centre, windows in flanking bays; window to outer right.

NE ELEVATION: 3 bay. Bipartite window at centre, slightly advanced bay to right with small modern window at centre and advanced bay to left with timber door to right, modern window to left and wall with pedestrian gate abutting to outer left, on return to right.

NW ELEVATION: window at centre and in bay to left of centre.

12 and 14 lying pane glazing patterns to SE and SW; 6 pane glazing pattern to NE centre, 6 pane horizontal glazing pattern to NW right and 2 pane horizontal over 8 pane to left, all in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Coped ashlar stacks with cans, some polygonal.

INTERIOR: plain cornicing.

OUTBUILDING AND BOUNDARY WALL: former dairy/laundry(?). Piend roofed, slated rubble outbuilding with droved quoins, door and window to NW, adjoining wall to NE. Semicircular coped rubble boundary wall. Stack.

Statement of Special Interest

James Barclay was employed as mason at Balbirnie House during the 1815 alterations by Richard Crichton. 1st OS shows large courtyard steading to N of farmhouse, little evidence of which remains. Listed in 1875 as the property of John Balfour of Balbirnie, Newton is still part of the Balbirnie Estate.



COUNTRY LIFE Alistair Rowan "Balbirnie House, Fife" (July 6, 1972). 1st OS Map, 1854. Valuation Rolls, 1875 6.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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