Remains moved at historic Kirkcaldy church

Work will begin next year at Abbotshall Church
Work will begin next year at Abbotshall Church

Essential work at Abbotshall Parish Church will require the temporary removal of human remains and memorials.

Fife Council will be carrying out remedial works to the boundary wall of the Church in Kirkcaldy early next year and intends to take down and rebuild the wall opposite the junction with Forth Avenue.

The pavement and near lane of Abbotshall Road will also be closed as part of this work with traffic controls and road diversions set to be in place.

The work is expected to start on January 12, and will take around ten weeks.

The Council will now make an application to the Sheriff Court at Kirkcaldy for appropriate permission for exhumation to allow the work to be carried out.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, executive spokesman for housing and building services confirmed that the Council is responsible for carrying the work out.

She added that there would be assistance from a specialist exhumation contractor.

She said: “Officers are working hard to ensure the remains will be removed to allow the work to be carried out and replaced in their original locations in as sensitive a manner as possible.

“Measures will also be taken to limit disruption to the graveyard.”

Adverts will also be placed in the local and national 
press, so that relatives of 
those interred can contact 
the Council or make representations to the Court, if they 

The minister of Abbotshall Church, Rev Rosemary Frew added: “Our church property convener, Mr Mike Petrie, and I have been working with representatives of Fife Council for some time now.

“We’re grateful to them for the careful and sensitive way in which this work is to be carried out.”