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Lassodie


Fife

A lost mining village in West Fife, Lassodie once lay between Loch Fitty and the Blairadam Forest, 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Dunfermline. The Lassodie Coal Company began extracting coal in 1859 and, by 1901, the population had grown to more than 1400 and the village included a post-office, free church, school, public house and shops. The associated settlement of Fairfield once lay a half-mile (1 km to the southeast. The maternal grandparents of actor Sir Sean Connery retired here in the early 1930s but the village was quickly depopulating as the mines had closed. By the 1940s the last residents had moved to Kelty and the village was gone. The site exploited as St. Ninian's opencast coal mine from the 1960s until its closure in 2013. All that remains is the Lassodie War Memorial, located by the roadside to the east of Loch Fitty.


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