Dysart is a former town and royal burgh located on the south-east coast between Kirkcaldy and West Wemyss in Fife. The town is now considered to be a suburb of Kirkcaldy. Dysart was once part of a wider estate owned by the St Clair or Sinclair family. They were responsible for gaining burgh of barony status for the town towards the end of the 15th century.
The first record of the town was made in the early 13th century, with the initial role to settle civil matters between the church and landowners. During the middle of the 15th century, trade with the Low Countries began for salt and coal exportation. In the 16th and 17th centuries, trade expanded to the Baltic Countries. Dysart acquired two nicknames: "Salt Burgh" and "Little Holland" as a result.
Following the sudden decline of the town's harbour caused by the closure of the Lady Blanche Pit, the town was amalgamated into the royal burgh of Kirkcaldy under an act of parliament in 1930. The site of an urban clearance taking place during the 1950s and 1960s, saw large parts of the historic town being demolished for new housing. Demand from the town's residents meant that part of the historic town — most notably the16th century and the 18th century houses of Pan Ha' opposite the harbour — were salvaged and preserved for future generations. Today, Dysart retains an individual character within the boundary borders of neighbouring y.
The photographs on this page show various scenes of interest both old and recent, relating to the heritage of the Lodge's hometown.
The Tolbooth from the cross, the original cross is now located within the Normand Hall Memorial Gardens
The Harbour and St Serfs Tower viewed from Ravenscraig Park
The Cenotaph in the Memorial Gardens, to the rear of St Serfs Church
Dysart railway station
Dysart Plaque at the Tollbooth
The Harbour Masters House museum, cafe and information centre
Part of the original entrance to the Lady Blanche pit
Memorial plaque at the Normand Hall memorial Garden
Original Man 'O' The Rock, unfortunately coastal erosion has swept it away.
Pan Ha with St Serfs tower
Pan Ha the Hie-Gait
St Serfs church
St Serfs Tower
The Harbour from the Sailors Walk
Frances Colliery more commonly known as " The Dubbie "