St John’s Linoleum Works

The now defunct factory on the South East edge of the village is largely hidden from view but could be glimpsed on approaching from the east. Now dismantled alas which I think is a shame but there was no real affection for the place. This was a telephoto shot from the Newton. Just look at it!

A pitch to Historic Scotland to have the core area listed fell on floor cloth ears so a bit of our  history and architecture has gone. To me it was a powerful reminder of the village’s weaving tradition and development into and beyond the industrial revolution. Steam power was a disruptive technology that brought mass production and a radical change to the working lives of several generations of villagers.

While the palace is rightfully a jewel in our Scottish heritage, maybe the factory had an important if lesser contribution. It was likely to have affected more lives I think. Anyway some of these shots show an interesting juxtaposition of architectures.





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This is a pdf of the submission sent to Historic Scotland asking for a listing. SH Listing App Smith Anderson St John’s Works, Falkland, Fife _20130529_Possibly a bit dramatic but Falkland was for a time contributing to the world output of floor cloth and then linoleum. This is their considered response HS-Response-20130801.pdf




Meanwhile the Temple of Contemplation which lies between the Maspie (Yadd) Waterfall and the Tyndal Bruce Monument is worth a hike. I’ll do a map for you. I see that there is an application in to restore it. £600k for a full makeover that may then pose a fantastic challenge to the next generation of casual vandals.

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