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Building Back Dykes Terrace

In 1939 the Burgh Council planned the new housing development that became Back Dykes Terrace. Construction seems to have continued to some extent during the war, but a further extension was approved in 1945. See the items below from newspapers of the time, retrieved via the British Newspaper Archive.


The TOWN COUNCIL invite TENDERS for the following works in connection with 24 HOUSES proposed to be erected at BACK DYKES :


Schedules ol Quantities mav be obtained on application to the Architect, Mr A. D. Haxton, L.R.I.B.A., Commercial Road, Leven.

Plan may be seen at the office ot the Architect and at the office of the Town-Clerk, Falkland.

Sealed Tenders endorsed : — "Tender .......... Work, 24 Houses", to be lodged wlth the undersigned on or belore 6th February 1939.

The Town Council do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any offer.

A . B . GALLOWAY, Town-Clerk, Bank Buildings, Falkland, 16th January 1939.

The Scotsman, 18 January 1939

Low Cost

A special meeting of Falkland Town Council was held in the Town Hall. Approval of the acceptance of the estimates by the Department of Health for the erection of houses at Back Dykes was intimated.

The successful contractors are:— Mason and brickwork— H. Suttie & Son, Dunshelt, £3484 0s 11½d; carpenter and joiner, David Dewar, Methil, £2769 13s 2½d; plumber— James Whyte & Sons, Leslie, £1031 6s 5d; plaster and cement work— J. F. Stobie & Co. Kirkcaldy, £778 6s 8d; slater and roughcast— W. Currie & Son, Kirkcaldy, £950 8s 10d; painter— A. J. Sneddon, Kinross, £190 8s 11¾d; glazier— D. A. Sidey & Co., Perth £38 16s 4d; electric work— Miller & Stables, Dunfermline, £149 8s; fencing— W. Hume & Co., Perth, £140 14s 6d.

The architect, Mr A. D. Haxton, Leven, submitted a statement showing the costs of various types of houses to be:— three-apartment flatted, £362 per house; three apartment cottages £390; four-apartment cottages, £425.

The low prices of the houses have been favourably commented on by the Board of Health who have pointed out that estimates for similar types elsewhere have in many cases been very much higher.

Messrs Adamson, Auchtermuchty are to be instructed to pipe in the burn on the east side of the housing scheme up to the old house, and also to demolish the latter.

Dundee Evening Telegraph, 8 March 1939

It was agreed to name the new housing scheme Back Dykes Terrace.

Dundee Evening Telegraph, 4 April 1940,

reporting a Falkland Town Council meeting.

Permanent Houses

THE TOWN COUNCIL invite Tenders for the following works in connection with the 48 Houses to be erected at BACK DYKES:—

Mason and Brick Work

Carpenter and Joiner Work

Plumber Work

Plaster and Cement Work

Slater and Roughcast Work

Painter Work

Glazier Work

Electricity Work


Schedules of Quantities may obtained on application to the Architect. Mr A. D. HAXTON, F.R.1.B.A.. 5 Scoonie Place. Leven. Plans may seen at the Office the Architect and at the Office of the Town Clerk, Falkland.

Sealed Tenders, marked “Tender for .... Work 48 Houses" to lodged with the Undersigned on or before 7th January, 1946.

The Town Council do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any offer.

A. B. GALLOWAY, Town Clerk. Bank Buildings. Falkland. 11th December. 1945.

Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian, 15 December 1945

A special meeting of the Town Council was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday evening — Provost Kennedy presiding over a full attendance of members.

Estimates were submitted for the repair of roads at West Port, etc., and the offer of Messrs Adamson, Auchtermuchty, amounting to £188 15s 10d was accepted. Work is to start immediately.

It was reported that another four 4-roomed houses in the addition to the municipal housing scheme at Back Dykes Terrace were almost ready for occupation, and, after full consideration, these were allotted to A. A. Caira, R. S. Drysdale, D. M'Bain, and R. Stark, tenancy to begin on 4th October.

On the recommendation of the Clerk of Works it was agreed to allow overtime for labouring work at the new houses in course of erection at Back Dykes Terrace.

Fifeshire Advertiser, 18 September 1948.