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    Large mansion house between Upper Largo & Lundin Links in Fife.

    Building commenced on this John Adam styled mansion in 1753 for estate landowner James Durham and served as the house for this inportant local family. Aside from this, the house was also a prominant local employer.

    During the second World War, it served as HQ for the Independent Polish Parachute Brigade who fought under General Sosabowski in Operation Market-Garden and then it housed the Polish Military Geographical Institute until 1946.

    Declared derelict in 1951, the roof was removed (allegedly to avoid paying taxes) and it was left to rot.

    In 1980 the owner of the building sought to demolish it as it had lain derelict for 30 but this led to strong opposition from the Scottish Civic Trust and demolition plans are refused. In 1990, the owner submits plans for a housing development in the grounds of the house and neighbouring farm but this again is rejected with Fife Council sanctioning only the resoration of the house itself.

    In 1997, reports surface that a Scottish financier is hoping to purchase and restore the house. Restoration is estimated at 1.8 million and could take 5-6 years. however the owner reports that she has decided not to sell or develop the house at present. Deveopment ideas and planning applications/restrictions are argued over for the next ten years with little or no progress being made.

    2008 and nothing has happened, the house sits there slowly being taken back by nature....



    The original front gates:





    How it looked in 1997 (image borrowed from the Civic Trust):



    How it looks now:



    Front door:









    You can see that some of the original wall coverings are still present:





    Remains of staircases:





    Cellar:





    It really must have been a remarkable building in its time and it's a crying shame it's been allowed to fall into such disrepair. :(






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    What a beautiful building, even in its present state. It's shocking that people can buy properties such as this, then just leave it to rot away. It's a pityy someone else couldn't buy it and make it into a beautiful house once more, or even turned into a 5* hotel. Anything like that is better than it being left like this.

    Cheers Ditto, excellent pics. Loved reading the history of the building too.

    :) Sal
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    Nice one mate :)

    Passed this place a couple of times last Monday, cracking building.

    I remember the landowner chasing me off rather angrily a few years back when I went for a nosey
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    It does like very grand. And good to see pictures of the cellar too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbob View Post
    Nice one mate :)

    Passed this place a couple of times last Monday, cracking building.
    We passed it practically every day in our Fife road-trip. We should've had a wee look. :p

    Nice pics Dittohead. Interesting to see the fake stonework inside. Very unusual:)

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    That has been on my 'to do' list for a while.
    Damn your hide sir for beating me to it, but well done, great pics.

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    Great Pictures I would be keen to see some more, if you have them that is ? i don't get much time in that kneck of the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal View Post
    What a beautiful building, even in its present state. It's shocking that people can buy properties such as this, then just leave it to rot away. It's a pityy someone else couldn't buy it and make it into a beautiful house once more, or even turned into a 5* hotel. Anything like that is better than it being left like this.

    Cheers Ditto, excellent pics. Loved reading the history of the building too.

    :) Sal
    Give me a paintbrush and i'll be there in 15 mins, what do you rekon, any good with floorboards? ;)

    I'd love to buy a place like that and put it back to how it was... I go to a school/6th Form which is in a old manor house, and I hate it every time someone puts another cable on the wall or screws into the woodwork!

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    Thanks for the comments everyone. upholland, I have more pics but haven't uploaded them yet. I'll try and sort them out soon.

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    Agree with everyone...delightful building. Love seeing the old lathe and plaster work still there in places. I must admit, I'm not sure why anyone would make plaster look like brickwork, though!
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