Windows: Culross Palace

Ornate dormer windows in the top rooms of Culross Palace, once the opulent family home of Sir George Bruce (c.1550-1625).  Bruce was an innovator, devising new methods of mining coal under the sea bed, and from this he made his fortune.

Culross Palace was roofed with hand-made pantiles, imported from the Low Countries.  The brisk trade between the Netherlands and coastal towns of Eastern Scotland at that time helps to explain the large number of distinctive red-roofed buildings in the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife.  The crow-stepped gables (also visible in the picture) were copied from Dutch buildings – as well as being decorative, they helped to prevent the roof being lifted by the wind.

You can read more about Culross Palace here on The Hazel Tree.

Images © Jo Woolf


  1. Thanks, Jo. I love seeing detail shots like this. So much can get lost in the “big” picture. 🙂

  2. Amazing innovation and craftsmanship!

  3. Susan Abernethy says:

    I was just stunned by Culross when I visited. It’s like stepping back in time.

    • It certainly is, Susan, and we were stunned too. We weren’t prepared for the whole experience – I’ve not been anywhere quite like it.

  4. I love the fact that each dormer is different and those tiles are wonderful 🙂

  5. Those are beautiful windows and I like how they’re all different.

  6. Oh, such beautiful colours!

  7. Beautiful house and windows and the colour is great!

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