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Culross Town Square by Tom Gomez


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The town of Culross, pronounced “Coo-ros”, (Gaelic: Cuileann Ros) is a former Royal Burgh on the north shore of the Firth of Forth in Fife, Scotland.

Originally the town served as a port city and is believed to have been founded by Saint Serf during the 6th century.

A legend states that when the British princess (and future saint) Theneva or Enoch, daughter of Loth the King of Lothian, fell pregnant before marriage, her family threw her from a cliff. She survived the fall unharmed, and was soon met by an unmanned boat. She knew she had no home to go to, so she got into the boat; it sailed her across the Firth of Forth to land at Culross where she was cared for by Saint Serf who became foster-father to her son, Saint Kentigern or Mungo.

Arguably the most picturesque historic town in Scotland. Its cobbled streets are lined with wee yellow houses topped by slanting red pantiled roofs which all contribute to giving you an illusion that you have stepped back two or three hundred years in time.

The stone and slate Town House, built in 1626 was once the legal and commercial centre of Culross. A clock tower and bell shaped roof were added in 1783. Upstairs, the fine Georgian interior of the council chambers often houses exhibitions, whilst next door is the old courtroom. The building also served as a prison with debtors held on the ground floor (now the shop) and witches in the attic.

James VI granted the town a royal charter in 1588. A replica of the original 1588 mercat cross stands outside the oldest house in the village, dated 1577 on the gable. Another house has a plate with the inscription “In this spot in 1832 nothing happened”.

Culross flourished with its port and mines in the 16th and 17th centuries but when a storm destroyed the mine and the pier in 1625, its days as a commercial centre were over. Unable to recover, Culross was fortunately preserved as a rare relic of a different age.

Culross owes its present charm to a drastic decline in fortune in the 19th century when a lack of funds and development left Culross in serious decline until it was rescued by the National Trust for Scotland in the 1930’s.

Culross Town House is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 23994).

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


Single RAW image, Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.7. Perspective correction in Photshop CS4.

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  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot Tom..

  • Thnak you Jase, always appreciated my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Davide Ferrari
    Davide Ferrarialmost 5 years ago

    beautiful shot!
    your POV is amazing!

  • Thank you kindly Davide, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 5 years ago

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    This is really beautiful Tom, great pov and colours.

  • Thank you so much my dear friend, so pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Charuhas  Images
    Charuhas Imagesalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thank you kindly Charuhas my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 5 years ago

    Touch oh class Tom, really leaps of the screen at yah!! :0)

  • Cheers buddy, so pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 5 years ago


  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot with a wonderful pov

  • Thank you kindly Audrey …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    beautiful work with an old fashioned charm tom – wonderfully captured and presented

  • Thank you dear Maggie, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely love this image Tom…beautifully composed.

  • Thank you so much Lyn, so pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

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