Public invited to name restoration project

Hew Scott Hall'Anstrruther
Hew Scott Hall'Anstrruther

Anstruther Improvements Association (AIA) has challenged the burgh’s community to come up with a name for three lanmark buildings about to undergo restoration.

Anstruther Wester Town Hall, the Hew Scott Hall and the St Nicholas Tower are all to be given a major facelift and aim now is to give them a collective title.

“We are asking anyone who lives, works or has an interest in Anstruther to put forward suggestions for one name,” said Christine Keay, the AIA’s president.

“These buildings are a landmark in Anstruther but when people talk about them, there is often confusion over precisely which part of the building is meant and what each bit should be called.”

Plans for the buildings will see them unified under AIA management and ownership by 2013.

At present, the Anstruther Wester Town Hall is owned by Fife Council while the St Nicholas Tower and Hew Scott Hall are owned by the Church of Scotland.

Ownership is due to be transferred to the Fife Historic Buildings Trust before it begins restoration work on the outside of the building by June 2012. The AIA will take over the buildings from the Trust once restoration is complete.

“The change in ownership will unite the buildings into one community space and we would like to find a new name that reflects this change. We are asking people to send us suggestions,” said Ms Keay. The AIA is also asking residents of Anstruther if anyone has any pictorial representations of the buildings over the years.

Tom Morton, principal architect with the Cupar-based Arc Chartered Architects, said: “We are trying to piece together an architectural history of the buildings and so far the earliest photograph we have been able to find was taken in 1890. If anyone has photographs, drawings or engravings that predate this, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you.”

Suggestions for a name and information about pictures of the buildings can be sent to Elizabeth Gordon, AIA secretary, 5 Shore Street, Anstruther KY10 3EA or to or via the Association’s Facebook page.

The public are also invited to attend an information session on February 21 in the Hew Scott Hall