Talks start for Old Kirk’s future

4710094 SSFF auld kirk 'Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
4710094 SSFF auld kirk 'Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy
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Kirkcaldy’s historic Old Kirk is officially under offer.

With the closing date for offers now past, the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland who are handling the sale of the building, confirmed this week that they were involved in negotiations with the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, the organistation set up to preserve the building for future generations of Langtonians.

The Trust wants to turn the building into a heritage-type centre for multi-purpose use by visitors and the Kirkcaldy community.

Discussion

David Robertson, secretary and clerk to the trustees, said that, due to commercial sensitivity, he was unable to say if any other interest had been expressed in the building.

“Everything is still under discussion at the moment, and it is the Church of Scotland lawyers who are now handling the legalities.

“It may well be that a binding contract is signed in the future, with a date of entry at some point, if all goes to plan.”

The church was put up for sale in March this year, after St Bryce Kirk, formed by the amalgamation of the Old Kirk with St Brycedale Church just over a decade ago, decided it could no longer afford the upkeep of two buildings.

B-Listed

The B-listed building, which dates mainly from 1807, with a 16th century square tower, was put on the market for offers over £75,000, including the magnificent pipe organ and stained glass windows.

In the sale advertisement it stated that preference would be given to any bidder intending to keep the church as one building rather than sub dividing it.