St. Monans, a quaint village on Scotland's Fife coast with historic church.
This evening, I am posting information on the attractive small village of St. Monans which is located in the East Neuk of Fife, about fifty miles N.E. of Edinburgh.
Key facts and information:
- Named after an early Christian saint (or missionary) named Monan who was killed by Vikings around AD 875.
- The parish church dates from the 14th century and is located close to the sea. This building has recently featured in the Railway Man film starring Colin Firth.
- Historically, fishing was the main industry. The wealth from this and other trading activities financed building of local houses which feature distinctive local architecture styles and date from the 17th-19th centuries.
- In common with other sites along this coast, salt panning was an important industry in medieval times. Close to St Monans is a now defunct, but preserved, windmill used in the 18th and 19th centuries for pumping water used in the salt industry. This building is accessible to visitors.
- Current population is about 1350.
- Boat building was an important industry for a couple of centuries, but this ceased in the 1970s.