A Visit to the Archives

by Grant Buttars

Fife Council Archives hold Dean of Guild (forerunner to Building Control) drawings relating to Pilmuir Works.  Studying them reveals not only more information about the history of the site but also the flexibility of the building design.

Most of the drawings are by architect  T. Hyslop Ure (or others in his office) and date from the 1890s.  They are predominantly concerned with the last big expansion on site, pushing the footprint southwards to meet the railway line.  Three major elements of this are shaded pink below. The red line denotes buildings demolished to allow this to happen.

siteplan
Detail showing site extension

In terms of understanding how the building is constructed, there are ‘sections’ which show this detail.

eastab
Section through Pilmuir Street extension

 

southff
Section through southern range

These are just a small selection of the drawings in the archives.  Overall, they are going to be very useful as we go forward.

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