Bonthrone Maltings

From Falkland Historic Buildings
Revision as of 10:14, 1 July 2022 by Ross (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Building summary
South Maltings from the east
Name Bonthrone Maltings
Address North Maltings, Newton of Falkland
Postcode KY15 7NY
Address South Maltings, Newton of Falkland
Postcode KY15 7QT
Date 16th century onwards.
OS grid ref NO 26847 07103
Latitude & longitude 56°15′03″N 3°10′56″W

Bonthrone Maltings is a former brewery complex in Newton of Falkland, now converted into private houses. The North Maltings are on Main Street, backing onto Holm Road, the South Maltings are on the other side of Holm Road. The bridge that once linked them across Holm Road has disappeared.

HES listing details[1]
Reference: LB13311 Date: 25/02/1993 Category: B
Address/Site Name

Newtown of Falkland Bonthrone Maltings (formerly Newton Old Brewery)


Maltings and brewery complex, established 1600, remodelled early 19th century, and again at later dates during the 19th century, comprising North Maltings ranged along Main Street, and later South maltings, forming a courtyard to S, linked to North Maltings by oversailing bridge carried across Home Road, attached to South Maltings kiln. Rubble with pantiled and slated roofs. 3 kilns with pyramidal roofs and pagoda ventilators add to visual impact of the group in the landscape. [...]

Statement of special interest

Important feature in the village and a distinctive landmark in the countryside. The bonthrones began brewing here in 1600 and stopped in 1916, thence to concentrate on malting and bottling, and acquired rivals at Ladybank in 1935 and Pitlessie in 1937, also having Stratheden Distillery from 1829-1929 at Auchtermuchty. Malting stopped in 1960.

Previous uses

Brewery, maltings.

Further references

"Late C19, rubble-built, with a pagoda-roofed kiln."[2]

"Bonthrone Maltings", late 19th century, is now disused; a sprawling industrial complex with distinctiv skyline of pyramid-roofs."[3]

“The maltings at Newton of Falkland, situated between Freuchie and Falkland, on Thursday night were destroyed by fire. An extensive range of buildings was burned. The outbreak was discovered about seven o’clock, and a phone message was sent to Cupar for the fire brigade. The “steamer”, drawn by three horses, left for the scene of the fire, and arrived at Newton of Falkland an hour later. The fire, meanwhile, had practically burned itself out local efforts having been put forward to prevent the fire spreading to the other buildings, which comprise the extensive property of Mr David Bonthrone, brewer and maltster. It was a big blaze, and was seen at Ladybank and all along the valley of the Eden. The damage is estimated at between £2,000 and £3,000 and the fire is said to have been caused by the overheating of one of the kilns. The brewery premises were saved. The maltings consisted of a three-storey building some fifty yards long, and it was practically gutted. [...]"[4]


  1. Fuller description at HES record for LB13311.
  2. Gifford, Fife, page 338.
  3. Pride, Kingdom of Fife, page 89.
  4. Fife News, 13 January 1917. Quoted in Falkland 1900-2000: Year 1917 (As researched by Jack Burgess)

Further images