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    Default Crawford Priory (revisit), Scotland - October 2017


    This is my final set of pics from my solo trip back north of the wall. Another short report but I have 2 pics that make it worth posting.

    I first visited here 2 years ago with H, this was her first time in Scotland. Been looking forward to having a revisit with a proper camera and was in the area so figured I'd swing by. And I've just realised my very first post on the forum was this place!

    Some history:

    "Crawford Priory is a country house about 2 miles south west of Cupar, Fife, Scotland. It is a former residence of the Earls of Crawford, Earls of Glasgow and Barons Cochrane of Cults. It lies just outside the village of Springfield.

    Originally built as Crawford Lodge by the 21st Earl of Crawford in 1758, it was substantially enlarged and extended in the early nineteenth century by a sister of the 22nd Earl, Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford.

    Lady Mary engaged architects David Hamilton, and then James Gillespie Graham, to redesign the building in the gothic style, adding buttresses, turrets and pinnacles effecting the look of a priory, although it had had no religious history.

    Lady Mary's heirs, the Earls of Glasgow, further developed the house. In 1871 the 6th Earl of Glasgow built a chapel in the east front. However huge debts forced the 7th Earl to sell off all his estates in order to retain the family seat at Kelburn, near Largs.

    The house then passed to the politician Thomas Cochrane, son-in-law of the 6th Earl of Glasgow. Cochrane was created Baron Cochrane of Cults in 1919. Further remodelling was undertaken in the 1920s by Reginald Fairlie, including the removal of the porte cochere to the west front. After the death of the 2nd Baron in 1968 the house was closed, and gradually fell into disrepair and ruin. There are no significant remains of the internal gothic design save a cast iron balustrade in the D-shaped main stair hall in the east side of the building."


    I covered this ruin as best as I could with my phone first time around, not much has changed so didn't feel the need to retake pics of the whole place - I was just here for the stairs armed with my now seldom used fisheye. A few more bits have collapsed and there is a lot more graffiti. But the stairs remain intact! :D











    And the best bit, the amazing stairs!







    A great trip, more fails than I have ever had in a short space of time, and gutted H couldn't come along, but an enjoyable few days. As it would turn out, I had to go back up for a flying visit just weeks later so I have one more set to share from then!

    Thanks for looking!

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    What a lovely set mate so my sort of place
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    That's a nice set of images. The sweeping staircase must have been grand in its day.
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    You pissed off the pigeons again, Shot a lovely set though the stairs were worth going back for, I enjoyed it, Thanks
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    Great set of pics Brewtal! Love the stairs that have become a ramp
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    Them stairs. I mind first seeing this on FB

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    Those stairs are awesome!

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