Retro: The changing look of the corner of historic Kirk Wynd in Kirkcaldy

The corner of Kirk Wynd in the heart of Kirkcaldy has seen many businesses come and go.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 4:57 pm

At one stage, it was a blight on the landscape which led to demolition after a fire, and starting from scratch.

The site was once home to Drysdale Electric’s store, but it was left in a derelict state for a decade before work finally started to bring it back to life.

Conservationists and developers locked horns in the mid 1980s, and the stalemate continued through until 1998.

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Work is underway in this picture from 1998 to replace the building at the foot of Kirkcaldy's Kirk Wynd after it was destroyed by fire.

Heritage campaigners argued that the site represented some of the last remaining example of the 17th and early 18th century expansion of the burgh

They urged planners that there should be no demolition or architecture which would have been familiar to Kirkcaldy’s most famous sons, Adam Smith and Robert Adam.

In 1989, councillors approved plans for it to come down, and then … nothing.

Kirkcaldy's Kirk Wynd in the 1800s

The plans lay dormant for years, and only managed to get off the drawing board when Morrisons entered into a partnership with Kingdom Housing to build a replica structure containing flats and two shops.

Bulldozers finally moved in on May 1998 and razed the dilapidated building

Work began almost immediately and tenants moved in to the flats in 1999, followed by the opening of a jewellery workshop on Kirk Wynd.

How the corner looks today, home to the popular restaurant Koku Shi

The start of 2000 saw the opening of Travel Choice which operated there for many years.

The building was then home to the Yes hub during the 2014 independence campaign, and is now occupied by award-winning restaurant Japanese street food and sushi restaurant, Koku Shi.

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