Old Photograph Crossgates Colliery Cowdenbeath Fife Scotland

Old photograph of Crossgates Colliery by Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland. Before 1850, Cowdenbeath was just a collection of farms within the parish of Beath. By 1850, the flourishing coal pits of Kelty, Lochgelly, Donibristle, Fordell and Hill of Beath surrounded the hamlet of Cowdenbeath. Within the greater area, which later became the Burgh of Cowdenbeath, there was little mining activity. Gibson, of Hill of Beath and the Symes, of Cartmore, had opened small pits in the vicinity of Jubilee Park at the southern border of the Burgh, and other small pits appear to have been worked in the vicinity of Union Street.

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