Cross and Study by Tom Gomez

An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building

Taken during our latest Scottish Bubblemeet to Fife (Saturday 19th March 2011) and Edinburgh (Sunday 20th March 2011).

This shot is from the Saturday outing. Just 10 seconds before I took the shot, the square was overrun with 11 other bubblers and 3 tourists.

Culross Mercat (Market) Cross in the beautifully restored historic Burgh town of Culross (pronounced “Coo-ros”, (Gaelic: Cuileann Ros)), Fife, Scotland.

A market cross was a common feature in a Burgh and was the symbol of a Burgh’s right to trade and was normally located in a town’s market place.

Culross Mercat Cross, which has a unicorn on top, is sited in a prominent central position in the town, a cobbled area which lies at the junction of four roads and beside Back Causeway which follows the line of the original street which ran from the Abbey to the Sandhaven (where the Town Square is located).

This cross, sited on the original 16th Century base, replaced a plain stone megalith with a small surmounting cross. The restoration of the cross was done in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.

Culross Mercat Cross is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed structure (HB Number 24000).

Culross Mercat Cross is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument – Index Number 4288.

Behind the Cross is The Study (built 1633), where Bishop Leighton of Dunblane conducted theology lessons and reputedly composed his sermons during his occasional visits to Culross. The Study is an example of 17th century Scottish architecture which has an impressive gabled roof and lookout tower. A Norwegian painted ceiling and original panelling decorate the interior.

Lying just off the evocative and probably once descriptive Stinking Wynd, Leighton’s study room was high above the rancid smells in the Outlook Tower from where he would get great views over the Forth.

Bishop Leighton’s Study is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 24045).

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.0.2. Additional work and perspective correction done in Adobe Elements 8.

Related shots can be found at: Culross, Fife or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 4 years ago

    I recognize the structures from another angle….. but what a great POV with the statue in the foreground…… I just love the textures here Tom…. moving from one to another……really so interesting!!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Brenda, however, I had uploaded the uncorrected version (with cars and rubbish bins). I have corrected my mistake, so please take another look.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Peter Lusby Taylor
    Peter Lusby Ta...about 4 years ago

    So good you got there first Tom, great shot.. I only saw it overrun.

  • Cheers Peter, I also have quite a few shots with the cross full of bubblers …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    a beautiful image

  • Thank you so much dear Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

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

    super capture and a wonderful treatment dear Tom.x

  • Thank you Catherine, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 4 years ago

    LOL…. still looks great Tom…… just pushed the car and bins out of the way…. nice to have your crew with you to help!!!! :))

  • Thank you dear Brenda, it took me ages to clone out all the detritus, but worth it I think …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, stunning view.

  • Thank you Fino, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallabout 4 years ago
    A beautiful capture of this great looking square. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time.
  • Thank you dear Lilian, they are a great bunch so it was a lot of fun …

    – Tom Gomez

  • imagic
    imagicabout 4 years ago

    Fine clear shot Tom…. beautiful details – well done my friend.

  • Thank you Jens my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    Just stunning mate..Not getting much chance to play with mine at the moment….We’re talking about pictures here LOL..

  • Thank you my friend, I wondered why I was not seeing many uploads from you.

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot Tom, just stunning. This was a wonderful village. Really enjoyed myself looking at all the chocolate box looking houses.

  • Thank you Gary mate, it is a lovely little village …

    – Tom Gomez

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