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St Andrews, Fife

The parish of St Andrews and St Leonards establish a parochial poorhouse or almshouse in about 1854. It was locally administered rather than operating as a statutory poorhouse under the central Board of Supervision.

St Andrews poorhouse site, 1893

The poorhouse was located at 36 North Street and on the 1893 map was identified as the "East Poorhouse". In 1904, it could accommodate 4 men and 13 women, together with a resident matron.

St Andrews former poorhouse, 2009.
© Peter Higginbotham.

The premises were later known as a "home of rest" or convalescent home but are now used as offices.


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  • Fife Archives, Bankhead Central, Bankhead Park, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 6GH.

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