The King's Cellar by Tom Gomez


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Limekilns, a very old village in Fife, Scotland, lies on the north shore of the Firth of Forth.

The oldest building in Limekilns is The King’s Cellar in Academy Square, originally built by the monks of Dunfermline Abbey in the 14th century for storing wine and other imported goods.

The village, which is associated with the production of Quicklime (hence the name of the village), brewing and the manufacture of soap and rope, was designated a Conservation Area in 1984.

The present doorway is not the original and the pediment (dated 1581) was placed above the doorway when the latter was inserted.

The building was restored during 1911 and 1912 by the 9th Lord Elgin. Towards the end of the 18th century, when the village school was conducted in the upper chamber, the building was called “The Academy”.

The building has served as a wine cellar, storehouse, school, library, also for balls, concerts and theatricals, and for a time was an Episcopal Church. Baptisms and marriages have taken place in the upper chamber, which in 1912 and for a few years after, had all the appearance of some old medieval chapel.

Today the building is a Freemasons Lodge, Lodge Elgin and Bruce, (founded in 1910) number 1077 on the Roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. The Freemasons hold their meetings in the upper chamber and dine in the cellar.

The King’s Cellar is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 1643).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.1.4.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Marvelous capture Tom!! what a beautiful building!

  • So glad you like it Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Great history and wonderful find

  • Thank you kindly Mik …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    Your taking me back through the mists of time Tom!! I used to visit Limekilns when I was a wee boy. A dear friend of the family moved there when she retired. Nurse Ingram was the ladies name & if I’m not mistaken she was present at my birth. I’ll need to ask my Mum but I think she may have delivered me. This is a fabulous shot & I really need to go back for a peek at Limekilns. I bet I’d remember many more things about the place when I got there!!

  • Cheers mate, it is a lovely wee village, well worth a visit …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago


    My compliments and a instant FAV

  • Thank you kindlu John my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...over 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful spot, love your images combined with a history lesson, great shot :-)

  • Thank you so much Varinia …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 4 years ago

    An excellent shot Tom of the Kings Cellar, Regards Dave.

  • Cheers Dave my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Excellent captured, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Adri …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and info Tom.

  • So pleased you like it Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is fabulous work Tom and i enjoyed the history. A fave for me.x

  • Thank you kindly dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

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