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Crawford Priory Lodge

Posted: 4 Jun 2012 5:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Crawford
Crawford Priory

Crawford Priory Lodge
Cupar, Fife KY15 5QY, UK

""Built on the Southern bank of the River Eden to replace Crawford Lodge, a Palladian Villa built by the 21st Earl of Crawford in 1758.

Crawford Lodge was substantially enlarged by Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford who enlisted architects David Hamilton in 1809 & 2 years later James Gillespie Graham to redesign the building in a Gothic style, adding buttresses, turrets & pinnacles to give it the look of a Priory, although the building has no Religious history.

Crawford Priory was unrivalled among early neo-gothic mansions in Scotland due to the lavishness of its interior with its great hall decorated with fan vaulting & canopied gothic niches, of which only a small section remains in situ, the rest being lost with the collapse of the upper floors.

In 1869 Crawford was inherited by the 6th Earl of Glasgow who renovated Crawford, doubling the accommodation & constructing a tall gothic tower which was demolished in the 1970s due to its precarious condition.
In 1871 he enlisted architect William Little to design a large private Episcopal chapel on the first floor adjacent to the tower.

The house passed to the 7th Earl of Glasgow who was forced to sell due to huge debts & it was purchased by politician Thomas Cochrane, son in law of the 6th Earl of Glasgow.

Further remodelling was undertaken in the 1920s including moving the porte cochere to the west front by Reginald Fairlie.

With the death of the 2nd Baron Cochrane of Cults in 1968, the building was in need of major restoration so was abandoned.

Crawford has been described as “perhaps the most important Gothic Priory House in Scotland”, which makes it even more of a pity that it’s been allowed to deteriorate as far as it has, especially in such a short amount of time (The upper floors were still standing during the late 1980s)

Crawford House was coal heated & would use 100 tonnes of coal per year to heat the house. In todays market (March 2009) with the price of coal at a price of circa £275 per tonne would mean a cost of £27500 a year just to heat the property!""

Below are pictures, I quoted the history from the second link.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
jahansen 19 Dec 2001 12:22AM GMT 
Earlene Crawford Gladwell 14 Feb 2002 4:24AM GMT 
jahansen 14 Feb 2002 7:09AM GMT 
Kevan Crawford 24 Dec 2004 3:21AM GMT 
dlciii 4 Jun 2012 11:46AM GMT 
dlciii 4 Jun 2012 11:31AM GMT 
dlciii 4 Jun 2012 11:44AM GMT 
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