Ancient tower tumbles

The crumbling Seafield Tower
The crumbling Seafield Tower

A HISTORIC landmark near Kinghorn is to be made secure following concerns about public safety.

A large part of the B-listed Seafield Tower, which lies about a mile east along the coast from the village, collapsed at the beginning of last week following the recent stormy weather conditions.

Collapse

The collapse was reported to Fife Council on January 25 and a site visit was immediately made by officers to assess both public safety issues and historic environmental worries.

The Press contacted the local authority about the incident after receiving a call from a concerned reader.

Douglas Speirs, Fife Council archaeologist, told The Press: “Inspection quickly revealed that a significant part of the north-west corner of the ruined 16th century tower had collapsed, a consequence it appears of the previous night’s storms acting on an already weakened section of wall. The remaining standing elements of the castle were found to be generally secure and no further collapse is anticipated.”

Public Safety

He added: “However public safety is a concern and plans are being discussed to erect secure fencing around the site, the costs of which will ultimately be the responsibility of the owner of the tower.”

A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland added: “A team will make a site visit to assess stability, remedial works and will liaise with Council colleagues about any health and safety issues arising. They will also hold discussions with the owner.”

Christine May, chairman of Fife Historic Buildings Trust, said: “It is very sad to see an iconic Kirkcaldy landmark suffering such weather related deterioration. It is to be hoped that further loss can be halted. It is a beacon for those using the coastal path and symbolises the seaward approach to Kirkcaldy for many.”