Shoregate 1930’s and Now

With only the modern buildings on skyline in the distance and the re-positioning of a streetlamp there is little change in this most picturesque and unspoilt street in Crail.  Even the moss on the wall on the right seems to have been there forever!

Lower Shoregate 1930’s and Now

Spot the difference!

Crail Harbour 1905 and Now

Add a lamp post and some white paint and it’s hard to see how the beautiful harbour has changed in over a century.

Nethergate 1900 and Now

A garden wall, tarmac and the inevitable cars are about the only differences in these two pictures taken over 110 years apart.

In an ever changing world there is something special about the timelessness of  Crail.


Although there are, of course, new developments within the Burgh, the heart of the village remains almost unchanged in one hundred years.  Take away the cars and you’ll find a Crail almost untouched by the march of time.


They say time stands still in Crail - well here’s the proof.

Crail Post Office is on the left of the black & white photograph published by the postmaster John Scott, who produced around 40 different postcards of Crail in this series.  Crail had a post office some time before 1755.  In 1815 mail was brought from Leven in a horse drawn gig, while a running postman was the only link between Crail and St. Andrews.  In 1845 the local minister lamented the discontinuation of this runner in 1829, complaining that letters to and from St. Andrews now didn’t arrive until the next day, instead of within two hours as formerly!

High Street 1905 and Now

All ‘Old Crail’ images are reproduced with the kind permission of Stenlake Publishing Limited and are taken from their book - ‘Old Crail’   


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