The gatehouse and pend which link Dunfermline Palace and Abbey. Some of the palace remains are just over the fence on the right, while some of the remains of the Abbey are behind the Gatehouse.
All that remains of the palace today is the kitchen, its cellars, and the impressive south wall with a commanding prospect over the Firth of Forth to the south.
Pend is a Scottish architectural term referring to a passageway that passes through a building, often from a street through to a courtyard, and typically designed for vehicular rather than exclusively pedestrian access.
A pend is distinct from a vennel or a close, as it has rooms directly above it, whereas vennels and closes are not covered over but rather are passageways between separate buildings.
The OED suggests that the etymology of the word is probably related to the archaic verb pend – “arch, arch over, vault”, this in turn being derived from the French pendre, Latin pendere “to hang”
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