Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 99101 86259
299101, 686259


Terraced walk immediately S of Culross Abbey House leads eastwards to Garden House. Stone setts either side of centrally flagged area to S of Culross Abbey House terminate at pavilions; gravel path beyond. Stone steps lead to terraced lawn to SE of house; flanking corniced stone balustrade. Rubble garden wall extends eastwards from N of E pavilion; projecting blocked coping stones. Door to W. Seat using 3 carved window pediments from house; foliate finials to each; central pediment initialled 'DMB' (Dame Magdalen Bruce) adjacent to S elevation of garden wall. Garden House, dated 1674, recessed in E garden wall to N, facing W. Elliptical arch; moulded surround; corniced imposts; keystone carved with plaque. Flanking fluted pediments; moulded cornice above. Foliate detail in angle between arch and pilaster. Frieze above arch with plaques, central plaque dated 1674; surmounting cornice. Piended roof; diagonally laid stone tiles; corniced ridge. Diagonally laid stone tiles to floor. Garden wall sweeps down to S; door to right leads to the Stables. Wall turns eastwards and continues as brick wall; narrow red bricks divided by 3 continuous bands of yellow brick. Wall swept to W; projecting flat stone wallhead. Brick wall terminates and stone wall continues southwards; swept to N; break in wall to N and S.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Culross Abbey House; Culross Abbey House Policies, East and West Lodges and Stables. The garden house was part of the designed garden of Culross Abbey House, sited at the end of a terraced walk. Alexander Bruce, 2nd Earl of Kincardine completed the building of Culross Abbey House and enlarged it by adding a second floor, he also laid out the gardens. Slezer's view of 1693 shows the terraced garden, stone steps, the garden house and also a picturesque image of the parkland to the south, enclosed by a wall.



J Slezer, THEATRUM SCOTIAE, 1693, p47; 1:2500 OS Perthshire Map, CXLII.8, 1860; D Beveridge, CULROSS & TULLIALLAN, Vol II, 1885, p290; S Forman, CULROSS ABBEY HOUSE in Scottish Field, September 1957, pp41-43; Land Use Consultants, AN INVENTORY OF GARDENS AND DESIGNED LANDSCAPES IN SCOTLAND, Vol 4: TAYSIDE, CENTRAL AND FIFE, 1985, pp361-365; J Gifford, THE BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND, FIFE, 1988, p157; C McKean, THE SCOTTISH CHATEAU, 2001, pp198-199.

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.

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