Then and now – a new look at Cupar

There’s a fantastic online facility launched by the National Library of Scotland that enables you to slide a section of map to reveal today’s satellite view against the Ordnance Survey maps of the 1900s – and more.

The feature – just one of numerous provided by the National Library under their website’s mapping section – provides a simple ‘how to use‘ tool once you’re on the page.

It offers a wide variety of comparisons between present day and the past, including satellite views, street maps and current Ordnance Survey maps to compare against historic Ordnance Survey maps – from the 1880s through to the mid-twentieth century.

You can then search for your home, your place of work or school to see how the landscape has changed through time …

We have provided a link to show Cupar below: once in the map, you can scroll, slide and zoom in and out to find other locations nearby … or right across the UK.

Looking for more?

At the current time, our town’s Museum & Heritage Centre is closed due to the restrictions in place. Their web site has a contact page that allows you to submit questions about aspects of the area’s past: you can visit the site using this link.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be working with their fantastic team of volunteers to bring you more historic peeks at the town … from maps and documents in their collection to artifacts that help to tell Cupar’s story through time. If there’s anything in particular you would like to see, why not drop us an email to ask? We’ll do all we can to help.

Thanks for reading.