Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge : Metal & Wood (Late entry)

As a very late entry for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge : Metal & Wood, I’m posting 3 photos taken from the now derelict and fire damaged Leslie House, near Glenrothes. This magnificent building used to be the home of the Dukes of Rothes from 1670, and in it’s prime was said to rival Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, for both its size and glamour.

The first two photos are of the main entrance gates, which open up onto the tree lined drive to the front entrance of Leslie House (third photo). I’ve included a fourth photo, which shows the front of the houseΒ before the latest fire practically destroyed it.

Metal gates prior to wooded drive to now derelict Leslie House

Metal gates prior to wooded drive to now derelict Leslie House

Metal gate before the wooded drive to now derelict Leslie House

Metal gate before the wooded drive to now derelict Leslie House

 

Derelict and fire damaged Leslie House and tree lined drive, with metal fence

Derelict and fire damaged Leslie House and tree lined drive, with metal fence

 

Leslie House before the fire

Leslie House before the fire. Photo by Giorces

 

 

 

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57 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge : Metal & Wood (Late entry)

    • It is a terrible shame Anabel. The fire was in 2009, a company had bought it and were converting it into luxury old peoples apartments. I think it’s beyond repair now, it’s literally just a shell. We heard only a few days ago, that the police want it boarded up, but they can’t locate who now owns it, so it just remains this derelict shell.

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  1. What a pity that gorgeous place was destroyed! I wonder what happened there?

    I do love the stone and metal entrance and as always you took amazing shots Andy. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

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    • Sorry for the delay in answering your question Jo.
      It was virtually totally destroyed by a fire in 2009, the second major fire in its history. The original Leslie House used to have four wings, but 3 of these were destroyed in 1763. The latest fire occurred just as the conversion of the House to Luxury apartments was nearing it’s completion. I’ve always suspected some sort of insurance fraud, and from looking at some info on it recently, I may be right. It appears that at least one other company is interested in the land to build houses on, but they would only get that permission if Leslie House was restored back to it’s former glory. That now looks like an impossible task – I won’t be surprised if it’s pulled down in the next 10 years, and a whole load of modern housing put up in its place 😦 😦
      Hopefully all that makes sense.

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    • It is awful Gilly!! There was another fire in 1763, which destroyed the other three wings of this grand old house (it used to have four wings and a central courtyard!).
      I love seeing these old houses restored to their former glory (even though I disagree to some extent as to what they represented), they are part of our historical heritage!
      Have you ever been to Lanhydrock House near St Austell? That has to be my favourite, especially the kitchens which are really interesting! πŸ™‚

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  2. How tragic that such a wonderful old house should have been destroyed in this way. I can’t help but wonder how the fire started. I also wonder whether the house could ever be restored, although the cost would be phenominal! I really love the tree-lined drives of these places, designed to give all approaching visitors an impressive view of the house in all its grandeur. Lovely photos,as always, Andy. πŸ™‚

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    • It was a very grand building in it’s heyday Lorna, it was meant to rival Holyrood Palace, both in its size and grandeur – so it is terrible to see just a desolate shell now 😦 The gates are just the inner ones, it has another set of gates (plus gatehouse) at the entrance to the main road.

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