Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 08939 87398
308939, 687398


Late 19th century rebuilding of earlier structure; altered late 20th century. 3-storey and attic; 5-bay; narrow rectangular-plan main block with large rectangular-plan rear wing. Substantially fenestrated principal (E) elevation with central oriel bay to 1st and 2nd floors and conical-roofed and flanking dormers. Rendered principal elevation with painted ashlar dressings; brick to S gable and coursed dressed stone to N elevation of main block; harled rear wing. Band course, eaves cornice and moulded eaves band to principal elevation; ashlar architraves to 1st and 2nd floor windows.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance to largely late 20th century ground floor pub frontage. Roll-moulded timber architrave; part-glazed timber door. 2 entrances to left (that to outer left gives access to pend); both with chamfered and stopped timber architraves; part-glazed timber doors. 3-light window with chamfered and stopped timber mullions and architrave to right. Projecting central bay comprising 5-light oriel windows to 1st and 2nd floors; lower one corbelled out over ground floor entrance and with ball mouldings beneath cill; upper one corbelled out slightly further and with crenellated parapet; both with chamfered and stopped mullions and lintels. Single window to 2 flanking bays to each floor; each with chamfered and stopped surround. Semi-octagonal conical-roofed dormer with lead finial to centre above; window lights to 3 outer faces. Flanking 3-light gabled dormers with timber bargeboards, pendant cross-braced finals, overhanging eaves and 2 pairs of squat pilasters beneath cills. Moulded brackets flanking eaves.

N ELEVATION: built into sloping ground. Coped truncated gable end of main block to left; blank. Irregularly fenestrated rear wing extends to right.

W ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated elevation to rear wing, which adjoins main block.

2 and 4-pane timber sash and case windows and 4 and 8-pane casements with top opening sections to principal elevation. Steeply pitched roof with truncated gable to main block. Flanking wallhead stacks to truncated gable ends of main block; that to S is largely rendered with moulded coping; that to right is of coursed stugged sandstone; octagonal cans.

Statement of Special Interest

The building is said to be the oldest hostelry in Dunfermline. The earliest recorded public coach service to Edinburgh started from here in 1806.



building appears on the site on J Wood's PLAN OF THE TOWN OF DUNFERMLINE (1823); Eric Simpson, THE AULD GREY TOWN (1987) p70; John Gifford, FIFE, in the 'Buildings of Scotland' series (1988) p194.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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