A former coal mining village in W Fife, Crossgates sits on a road junction 2 miles (3 km) south of Cowdenbeath. In the days of cattle-droving the blacksmiths of Crossgates made shoes for cattle and in the 18th Century coal from the surrounding area was first transported by wagonway to St David's Harbour on Inverkeithing Bay. Crossgates once lay on the main A90 road north, but was bypassed by the M90 motorway in 1970.

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