Pittencrieff House revealed

Archived news: published on Wednesday 15 Dec 2010 by Fife Council

Pittencrieff House in the snow

Pittencrieff House in the snow

Reharling and repairs at Pittencrieff House Museum have now been completed – and visitors can now see the refurbished building and ochre colour in all its glory. The A listed building is once again a vibrant landmark in the Glen, and from further afield. An event to celebrate the works will be held soon.

Throughout the summer and autumn, Fife Council’s Building Services historic buildings squad have been carrying out the repairs and re-harling – building on their growing experience of working on Fife’s important listed buildings.

At some point during the last century, the traditional lime harl had been replaced with inappropriate cement pebbledash. This had failed by 2007, when it was removed. A traditional lime harl has now been re-applied – with advice from the Scottish Lime Centre in nearby Charlestown – and finished with a beautiful ochre-coloured limewash, based on traces of the original colour found on the building.

The finishing touch is the painting and gilding of the carved stones and heraldic panels around the building. This completes the new, more historically authentic look of the building – as well as giving it chance to shine! The project team took advice from the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh – the official heraldry office for Scotland – on the colours used here.

The project was coordinated by Fife Council Property Services on behalf of the Libraries, Arts & Museums service, which runs Pittencrieff House Museum. The architect was Stephen Newsom, based in Aberdour; and Quantity Survey services were provided by Hardies.

The project is one of a programme of improvements being funded through the £1.7 million Dunfermline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), which is a partnership between Fife Council and Historic Scotland.

Lorraine Bell, CARS Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 48 01 80 Contact Lorraine Bell online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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