Housing the Heroes

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Housing the Heroes: Council House building in Central, East and North-East Fife 1919-1923  by John M. Frew

Published by Kirkcaldy Museums in 1987, this booklet describes the earliest days of council house building in Fife arising from the enactment of the Housing (Scotland) 1919. Well illustrated with photographs and plans, the booklet describes how these new “improved” houses were designed and built, the debates in local councils on rents and allocation policies, and the views of the first tenants to occupy them. There is also a pen portrait of Andrew Haxton (1878-1961), the Leven architect who won  a competition to design many  schemes in Fife, including at Scoonie, Anstruther Easter, Kilrenny and Cellardyke, Falkland, Markinch, Leslie, Dundonald and Lochgelly. A well-researched and interesting slice of Fife social history, full of fascinating detail.