Crail Tolbooth

Tolbooth, Crail
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Tolbooth, Crail

A notable landmark on Marketgate in the Fife village of Crail, the Crail Tolbooth was built in 1598. It formed the town council offices and the jail. The stumpy tower was heightened in 1776, with unusual narrowing stages, incorporating a clock, and a cap with the appearance of a distillery malting, which forms a belfry. The bell was made in Holland in 1520 and a weather-vane on top of the tower is shaped like a Crail Capon - a famous local variety of dried fish.

The adjacent Town Hall, with its Council Chamber on the first floor, was built in 1814.

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