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Binnend - low village

Location 56.070963, -3.211857; about two miles north east of Burntisland. show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Burntisland, Fifeshire
Current local authority area Fife
Construction history Presumably built during 1880's
Ownership history Binnend Oil Company Ltd, Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (Old), Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (New)
Demolition history Probably demolished during the 1930's
Current status of site Industrial compound associated with waste treatment plant


Lower Binn consisted of five rows each containing six two-roomed dwellings, just east of Binnend Oil Works. The housing was considered to be of poorer quality than the Burntisland Oil Company's other settlement at High Binn.

O.S. maps show five rows, each with six two-room homes


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

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Further Reference

Burntisland.net provides an excellent illustrated history of the village, including reminicences of former residents

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