Classification and Statistics

Settlement Type: town
Population (2011): 39277    
(2001): 38679
(1991): 38650
(1981): 32972
(Combined with Coaltown of Bal.)
(1971): 27335
(1961): 12750

Tourist Rating: No
Text of Entry Updated: 10-OCT-2020

Latitude: 56.1951°N Longitude: 3.1699°W
National Grid Reference: NO 275 009
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Glenrothes was the second of Scotland's New Towns. The Glenrothes Development Corporation (GDC) was created as a non-departmental public body under the New Towns Act (1946) to develop, manage and promote the town. The original Master Plan of 1951 defined residential precincts as accommodating between 4000 and 5000 people, each with a primary school and church. The Master Plan was updated in 1971 to cope with increased car ownership and cluster houses around cul-de-sacs. The town only ever had one high-rise block, the sixteen-storey Raeburn Heights, which was built in 1967-68. The GDC was dissolved in 1995 and its responsibilities were transferred to Fife Council.
The manufacture of computer equipment was once a key industry; Apricot built their personal computers here (1983), Rodime, who developed the small form factor 3.5-inch hard drive and their successor Calluna Technology, which built even smaller hard drives, were both based here. Other companies remain; Raytheon (was Hughes Aircraft) built its first fabrication facility outside the USA in Glenrothes. TDK-Micronas have a test centre here, together with communications and computer engineering provider CTDI.
References and Further Reading
Ferguson, Keith (1982) A History of Glenrothes. Glenrothes Development Corporation, Glenrothes
Parkerson, Laurence (2011) Glenrothes Town Art. Historic Scotland, Edinburgh
Rowntree Bodie, W.G. (1960) Glenrothes and its Environs in Days Gone By. Fifeshire Advertiser, Kirkcaldy
Rowntree Bodie, W.G. (1968) Some Light on the Past Around Glenrothes. University Press, St Andrews
Smith, Robin (2001) The Making of Scotland. Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh

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