Old Photograph Parish Church Thornton Scotland

Old photograph of the Parish Church in Thornton, Fife, Scotland.. Thornton Parish Church was built in 1834 as a chapel of ease for Markinch Parish Church. Thornton is located between Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, and stands between the River Ore and Lochty Burn, which are at opposite ends of the main street. In 1957 the Rothes Pit was opened to mine the coal in the rural hinterland surrounding the village. This coal mine was tied very closely to the development of the new town of Glenrothes to the North. The planned long term benefits were to be huge, and were to be the driver for economic regeneration in central Fife. In 1961, 4 years after opening, the huge investment was written off and the mine run down because of unstoppable flooding. Ironically, miners who had worked in older deep pits in the area had forewarned against the development of the Rothes Pit for this very reason.

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