Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 98671 85948
298671, 685948


17th/18th century, 2-storey rectangular-plan house to S. 17th century, possibly earlier, rectangular-plan house to N. Linked by wing to W. Ground floor of both houses forms 6 The Cross; 1st floor of both houses forms 7 The Cross. Harled; exposed stone surrounds.


S ELEVATION: ground floor window and 1st floor window to far right. Change in angle of wall to left; 2 ground floor windows; 2 1st floor windows. Advanced entrance to Dundonald Arms to far left; replacement 1st floor window above.

W ELEVATION: attached to Dundonald Arms.

N ELEVATION: plain elevation.

E ELEVATION: central ground and 1st floor window; curved left quoin. Wing set back to right links the 2 houses. Moulded stone stairs lead up to 1st floor door. Ground and 1st floor window to right. Harled wall to right links the 2 houses together, creating narrow yard.

12-pane timber sash and case windows; replacement casements above Dundonald Arms entrance. Droved window surrounds to E elevation. Replacement timber boarded door. Piended roof to E; pitched gable to W; clay pantiles. Ridge stack; circular cans.


E ELEVATION: 2 ground floor windows. Shutter rebate and pin hinge remains to left ground floor window. 2 larger 1st floor windows; 2 small attic windows. Datestone in left skewputt inscribed '1577 AC MR'. Chamfered right quoin to ground floor ceiling height. Ground floor harled wall extends from left quoin to adjacent house; entrance way to far left; exposed, flat coping stones.

N ELEVATION: central window (former door), chamfered surround. Window to right, chamfered surround with stop. 1st floor window above right ground floor window; inserted window to left.

W ELEVATION: partially obscured by modern, flat-roofed building (not part of listing); 1st floor window to left; attic window to left. 2-storey linking wing.

S ELEVATION: steps lead down to ground floor door to left. Stugged stone door surround; window to right. 1st floor window above. Lean-to sheds to far right, harled walls; 2 doors.

Replacement 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Replacement timber boarded door. Pitched roof; clay pantiles. Crowstepped gables. Gable apex stacks; circular cans.

INTERIORS: not seen, 2001.

Statement of Special Interest

The N house is said to be the oldest house in Culross, probably because of the datestone, (which may not be in situ). It was formerly a shop (called Stuart's Emporium in the early 20th century); and both are now used for residential accommodation. Although the interior was not seen, both properties were modernised when converted to upper and lower flats in 1968. 6 and 7 The Cross are situated in a prominent position at The Cross where 4 roads converge and overlook the market cross. No 6 also stands at the head of Back Causeway, which follows the line of an earlier street which ran from the Abbey to the Sandhaven. The moulded stone steps are a feature found in a number of houses in Culross. For brief history of Culross Burgh see Culross, The Cross, The Study.



1:2500 OS Map (Perthshire), CXLII.4, 1860; D Beveridge, CULROSS & TULLIALLAN, Vol I, 1885, p117; RCAHMS, INVENTORY FOR FIFE, KINROSS & CLACKMANNAN, 1933, p83; 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, p49; 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; National Trust for Scotland, THE ROYAL BURGH OF CULROSS MANAGEMENT PLAN 1995-2000, 1995.

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