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    Good to see some more people interested in Largo House. A couple of corrections first. The date for the financier wishing to purchase/renovate was 1993 not 1997. The house was not declared derelict; it was deliberately made derelict in 1951 by removal of the roof/floors to avoid paying the rates (not allegedly; this is a documented fact). The demolition firm was Charles Brand Ltd. of Dundee.

    Other comments. Although it appears nothing is going on to rescue this house this is not the case. Historic Scotland are considering including the grounds on the Register of Designed Landscapes. Fife Council are reviewing whether to include the grounds in an Area of Great Landscape Value. The current Listed Building Categories are being reviewed. Continued opposition to needless and unsympathetic 'enabling development' is vigorously maintained by the local villages (the owner wishes to build 200+ houses in the grounds and surrounding fields to 'restore' the house). The AHF are currently doing an options appraisal to establish what future the House might have.

    It cannot be turned into a 5* hotel as planning permission will never be given to extend the House beyond its current footprint. This is endorsed by Historic Scotland, SCT, AHS, NTS, Fife Council, RCAHMS, etc.



    The plasterwork in the stairhall was to emulate rusticated ashlar blockwork and was unique to Scotland. There is one other house in England with this type of decoration; Davenport House, Shropshire (see below). A staircase similar to that at Largo can be glimpsed through the arch in the background.



    The House was not bought and allowed to rot away. It was inherited as one of 17 estates left to the same person in 1901. The descendants of that person still own it. They have consistently refused to sell to any other party, believing that they will eventually 'force' people to support massive local development and make millions. The owners are the Maitland Makgill Chrichton family of Monzie Castle, Crieff.

    The angry landowner doing the chasing would have been the tenant farmer, Mr Clarke, who has been known to brandish a shotgun and is oblivious to countryside access legislation.

    A couple of aerial pictures might interest you:

    Before.



    And after (current, taken July 2008)



    If anyone wants more images or information on any aspect of the House, please let me know. I can be contacted through www.thelargotrust.org
    Last edited by thecurator; 2nd Aug 08 at 10:21. Reason: Spelling mistake

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    Thanks for the additions, great stuff.

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    The angry landowner doing the chasing would have been the tenant farmer, Mr Clarke, who has been known to brandish a shotgun and is oblivious to countryside access legislation.
    I'd like to see him turn a blind eye to retaliatory self defence. ;)

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    Very interesting history and info. Especially interesting to see the similar plasterwork in Davenport House. Cheers for that. :)
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    Nice one Mr Curator - there are a few other similar buildings round there which might pop up soon, it'd be interesting to hear any other info in the future.

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    I shall wait to see which ones you refer to with interest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecurator View Post


    The angry landowner doing the chasing would have been the tenant farmer, Mr Clarke, who has been known to brandish a shotgun and is oblivious to countryside access legislation.
    That sounds like the fellow

    I'll mebbe take one of my guns down next time.... :icon_evil
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    This is on the BBC local news today. Has the rest of the house really gone?

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    The article above refers to the Medieval Largo House, not the 1753 one. The Tower is the last remnant of the original house. The 18th Century one has not changed since Dittohead started this thread. More information on the Tower is at www.thelargotrust.org

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    I'd love to visit this but don't fancy a 12 bore aimed at my arse whilst doing so!!
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