Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 13018 82973
313018, 682973


1666-1671; 20th century addition to rear. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, L-plan traditional town house with angle turret. Ochre tinted harling to rubble; ashlar turret and dressings. Chamfered basement windows; raised margins with chamfers to 1st and 2nd floors. Crowsteps; beaked skewputts; cat-slide dormers. 20th century lean-to entrance porch to rear NW angle. Charles II plaster armorial panel to interior.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 4 ground floor windows (2 windows to right smaller). 3 windows to 1st and 2nd floors. 2-stage angle turret to far right corbelled out from 1st floor, 3 small square, evenly spaced windows to each stage; string course; conical roof.

N ELEVATION: large 20th century quarter-turn stone stair leading to lean-to doorway extension to far right. Evidence of small square windows (blocked 2003) at 1st stair landing to left and 2nd floor level. Angle-turret to far left.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: advanced crowstepped gabled wing to right. Ground floor window off-centre left; 1st floor window to left; 2nd floor window to right.

S ELEVATION: timber boarded door to right (former window); 1st floor windows to right. Blocked 2nd floor window to right. Small louvred attic floor window to right of gable. Raised rubble profile of house formerly adjoining to centre of gabled elevation with ashlar dressings.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Pitched roofs, graded grey slates; coped ashlar stacks, circular clay cans.

INTERIOR: converted for the purpose of church hall (1920s), small raised platform to rear at 1st floor level with flanking timber Roman Doric columns; painted plaster Royal armorial over-mantel depicting arms of Charles II (set in N wall).

Statement of Special Interest

One of Inverkeithing's most intact 17th century buildings situated in the core of the burgh, just beyond the town cross (former location of the mercat cross, removed to Bank Street in 1974). Fordell's Lodging is a very fine example of a 17th century town house built for a local landowner in one of the wealthy coastal towns of Fife. It was built for Sir John Henderson of Fordell, whose main residence was Fordell Castle (see separate listing) which was built in 1580. By a grant of Queen Mary, the family held the office of hereditary provost and sheriff of Inverkeithing, although there is no evidence that this right was ever exercised. The original entrance was at the 1st floor to the rear wing. Later access to the basement was via a former door set at the penultimate bay to left. Fordell's Lodging was converted into a church hall for St Peter's Parish Church in the 1920s. It was around the same period that the traditional houses adjoining Fordell's Lodging to the S (a late 15th century burgess house with an early 17th century extension, known as Scott's House) were demolished to make way for the war memorial (1923 - see separate listing). The gables of these dwellings are still evident.




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. 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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