Spruce up and repair of 
historic arches

Councillor Peter George (right) with John Bruce of Burntisland Community Council inspect the arches
Councillor Peter George (right) with John Bruce of Burntisland Community Council inspect the arches
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The historic arches in Burntisland have received a little bit of tender loving care recently, much to the delight of locals.

For some time the structure on West Broomhill Road, on the way up to the Castle area of the town, had been overgrown with weeds and shrubs.

So much so, their roots were causing significant damage to the arches, which originally date back to the 12th century.

Councillor Peter George said: “It was about 18 months to two years ago, I just happened to be coming down here and I always have admired the arches.

“I looked up and saw a crack about an inch wide.

“I mentioned it at a community council meeting and took the environmental representatives to see it.

“There was a lot of shrubbery growing in the top and the roots were damaging the stone work.

“It looked dangerous and I’d hate to think of a car going past and being damaged or anyone walking up and down the road being injured.

“I contacted the Council’s dangerous buildings team as I was worried and they came out and had a look.

“They agreed it was dangerous, but because of the nature of the structure they were unable to repair it themselves. However they had a local stonemason come out and repair it.”

The work has been completed and as well as repairing the crack, all the shrubbery has been removed from within the structure and the pointing has been touched up.

Cllr George continued: “They have done a good job, and it looks fantastic again.

“We would have hated to lose something as historic as this.”

The work which has been done has also been welcomed by Burntisland Community Council and John Bruce.

The arches were the original entrance to Rossend Castle Estate, which is now the housing estate known locally as the Castle, with the streets in the area all named after former owners of the castle – Melville Gardens, Shepherd Crescent, Rossend Terrace, Durie Park and Abbot’s View.

There are three coats of arms on the structure above the archway, dated 1119, 1382 and 1563.

Respectively they represent the date of the building of the earliest part of the castle; the Royal Arms of Scotland and the date of the visit of Mary Queen of Scots to the castle.