Crusoe Hall moves into private hands

Crusoe Hall
Crusoe Hall

A Lundin Links building which has served the local community since the Victorian era is set to pass into private ownership.

Robinson Crusoe Hall, at the foot of Hillhead Street, is under offer after being snapped up within days of being put on the open market for offers over £30,000.

Sadly it is the end of an era, but leaving many happy memories.

Rachel Steven

Committee member Rachel Steven (80), said the decision to sell was difficult but, due to diminished membership, the hall’s club was no longer viable.

She said: “Because of the warm memories of ordinary working people owning the hall, the remaining members have decided that the monies raised from its sale will remain in the village.

“It will be split between the two schools and the two churches and two benches with a small plaque on them will be placed somewhere in the village.

“Also, because some early members were fishermen, a donation will be made to the lifeboat funds.”

“Sadly it is the end of an era, but leaving many happy memories.”

The Hall was built by Gilchrist of Upper Largo in 1886 for the cost of £200 and served ‘The Good Templars’ who used to meet in Lundin Mill School, which is now a library.

It was subsequently sold to a committee which was able to meet the cost thanks to £2 paid by each of the club’s 100-plus members.

Rachel said: “Outings in the summer required three buses and for picnics to Shell Bay everyone went by train bringing their own rations.

“The hall even had its own “concert party” with a great choir.

“One lady is still actively playing cards who was an original member and is now over 90 years of age.”