Classic Cupar’s Causerie – Bell Baxter School

In support of Classic Cupar, we’re sharing regular Blog updates to showcase images and materials that are forming part of the unique archive. This is their latest ?ΔΆ

Bell Baxter High School occupied this building at West Port from 1890, with additional facilities added in 1929.

The school moved to a single site at Carslogie Road and the buildings illustrated were partially demolished, or converted to housing and offices. The railings and gate were most likely removed for metal salvage during WW2 and the tree on the right has been removed.

A little more?

Many will know that Bell Baxter High School was originally Cupar Grammar School. Founded in 1889, it was an amalgamation of the Madras Academy and Sir David Baxter’s Institute for Young Ladies.

In the early 1960s, the old Westport site (above) was bursting at the seams with numerous wooden huts in use. We’re sure some of our readers will have tales to tell. The school’s current Carslogie Road site opened in 1962 and for the next 48 years, the school’s campus was split across the two sites.

St Michael’s Church, adjacent to the Bell Baxter High School Westport site, served for many years as the Bell Baxter Academy Hall and gymnasium. It became redundant following the opening of the new Bell Baxter High School: having stood empty for many years, Fife Council recently approved a scheme to convert it to housing.


Thanks for reading.


Like to volunteer? Need more information?

Classic Cupar is all about building and supporting volunteer capacity at a local level.

If you have some spare time and would like to be involved – and benefit from the training and support the project is able to provide – please get in touch with them:

Contact Classic Cupar via this link.

You’ll find them at: Volunteer House, 69-73 Crossgate, Cupar, KY15 5AS.

Call them on 07519646042