Upper Largo and Largo House

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With a population of about 500 the Fife village of Upper Largo (previously Kirkton of Largo and still occasionally referred to as such) lies to the south of Largo Law (290m), a mile or so north of the sea at Largo Bay. The village was made a conservation area in 1978 and there are 26 listed buildings and one scheduled monument (Wood's Tower) within the conservation area. It is said that the village is the location of Scotland's earliest canal allegedly built by a local naval hero to convey him from his home (Largo House) to the parish church in a style befitting his station. The route of such a canal is even marked on modern maps but there is some doubt as to the accuracy of this claim.

Upper Largo lies on the A915/A917 main roads and most people know it simply as somewhere they pass through on the way to other places but the village has a long and interesting history (the parish church dates back to the early 1620s and there was a church on the site as early as the 12th century) and this collection is an attempt to highlight at least some of that history.



Where is Upper Largo?

The village of Upper Largo lies at the foot of Largo Law about a mile or so inland from the sea at Largo Bay. It could be said to form one of a 'pair' with the larger fishing village of Lower Largo and the two are connected by a very old path known as The Serpentine Walk (see Lower Largo article LinkExternal link )



Many thanks to Dora of Vintage Lundin Links (a valuable local history resource) LinkExternal link for help with historical information used in certain image descriptions and the history of Largo House.

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