Basic Site Details

Name: Corn Exchange
Town, district or village: Cupar
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: CUPAR CORN EXCHANGE - In 1859 a movement for the erection of the above was originated. The foundation was laid in August, 1861, with Masonic honours. The design has been prepared by Mr Campbell Douglas, architect, of Glasgow. The building, when finished, will be a neat and elegant edifice of the gothic style. The entrance porch, the only part exposed to view from the street, is to be surmounted with a light and handsome spire, rising to the height of one hundred feet, while the side next to the school-hill is splendidly relieved by a range of dormer windows. The interior of the building will display an equal amount of good taste and design, having the appearance of a beautifully proportioned hall, of the size of ninety feet long by fifty wide, with a circular roof of about forty-five feet in height at the greatest altitude, and supported by cast-iron girders, spanning the whole width. The building will be lighted by a double range of windows in the roof from end to end, and at night by three large and powerful sunlights, with which is connected an apparatus for ventilation. At the north end of the hall ample accommodation is provided for the business of the Exchange, in the way of committee and sitting rooms; and at the entrance there is a ladies' ante-room, and orchestra above, in the event of the hall being used as an Assembly or Concert room. The stalls are all constructed so as to be removed at will, in order to their being used as supports for the flooring of the orchestra, and accommodation is also provided for the stowage of the whole seating in the hall, so that the area may be left perfectly free for the purposes of the markets. The estimated cost of the whole is 4000; and it is expected that the buildings will be finished and opened this year.[Building News 13 June 1862 p420]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Corn exchange  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Catherine StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 718611862  
Item 2 of 7April 1861 Advertisement for tenders 
Item 3 of 7August 1861 Foundation stone 
Item 4 of 71862 Opened 
Item 5 of 71883  Improvements
Item 6 of 71914  Strengthening of spire
Item 7 of 71964 Alterations and additionsHall at rear altered inside and out and other renovation work


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 9Campbell Douglas A18611862 
Item 2 of 9Campbell Douglas & Stevenson A18611862 
Item 3 of 9John James Stevenson A18611862 
Item 4 of 9George Gordon Maclaren B1883 Improvements
Item 5 of 9James Maclaren B1883 Improvements
Item 6 of 9James Maclaren & Son B1883 Improvements
Item 7 of 9Thomas Frame & Son C1914 Strengthening of spire
Item 8 of 9George Twigg C?1914 Strengthening of spire
Item 9 of 9Harvey Johnston G1964 Hall at rear altered inside and out and other renovation work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John1988Fife (The Buildings of Scotland)  p163
Item 2 of 2RSA1862   777

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Builder1862XXI p 16
Item 2 of 6Building News13 June 1862VIII p 420
Item 3 of 6Building News1883XLIV p 178
Item 4 of 6Building News1890LVIII p 335 - obituary of Campbell Douglas
Item 5 of 6Building News1914CVI p 628
Item 6 of 6North British Advertiser6 April 1861   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register24165 
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership Obituary of Johnston