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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 12/01/1972


  • Local Authority: Fife
  • Planning Authority: Fife
  • Burgh: Culross

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 98705 85976
  • Coordinates: 298705, 685976


Later-late 17th century. 2-storey, 2-bay house to W; larger 2-storey, 4-bay house to E (now all 1 house). Harled; base course; stone surrounds to windows and doors; chamfered surrounds to larger house.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: door to far left; window to right; 2 1st floor windows centred above. Advanced, corbelled section of upper wall between 2 houses. Larger E house; chamfered door surround to entrance door; 2 windows to left; 1 window to right. Stone panel above far left window carved with meat cleaver and steel and inscribed 'I.S. I.L 1664'. 3 1st floor windows. National Trust for Scotland (NTS) plaque between 2nd and 3rd window. Threshold stone to entrance door overlies open street drain.

SW ELEVATION: attached to 3 Tanhouse Brae.

NW ELEVATION: partially seen, 2001. 1st floor window to smaller house. E house; large ground floor window to right; 2 1st floor windows above. Central, mid level window and 1st floor window to left.

NE ELEVATION: not seen, 2001. Tall wall of The Tanhouse adjoins gable wall and obscures view of NE elevation.

12 and 16-pane timber sash and case windows. Timber boarded door to smaller house; partially glazed, timber boarded 2-leaf door to larger (E) house. Pitched roofs; clay pantiles. Lower roofline to smaller house. Crowstepped gables; skewputts; coped gable apex stacks to larger house; polygonal cans.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2001.

Statement of Special Interest

This has also been called the tanner's house, the meat cleaver and sharpener denote his trade as a tanner or butcher. For brief history of Culross Burgh see Culross, The Cross, The Study.



1:2500 OS Perthshire Map, CXLII.8, 1860; D Beveridge, CULROSS & TULLIALLAN, Vol I, 1885, p117; RCAHMS, INVENTORY FOR FIFE, KINROSS & CLACKMANNAN, 1933, p84; A Smith, THE THIRD STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, THE COUNTY OF FIFE, 1952, pp402-413; B Walker, G Ritchie, FIFE AND TAYSIDE, 1987, pp59-60; J Gifford, FIFE, THE BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND SERIES, 1988, pp49, 153; R Lamont-Brown, DISCOVERING FIFE, 1988, pp50-52; C Mair, MERCAT CROSS AND TOLBOOTHS, 1988, p31; G Pride, THE KINGDOM OF FIFE, AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, 1990, p28; The National Trust for Scotland, Culross, 1999, p20.

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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