This interesting photograph appears in the book 'Fife's Fishing Industry' by Linda McGowan (2003). It shows the female workers of the Cardy Net Factory in Lower Largo. The factory started in 1867 - the enterprise of David Gillies. Although the business was extremely successful, and employed around sixty women at 36 looms, it was relatively short-lived. A decline in fishing saw the works close in 1886. However, the building still stands, as does the imposing Cardy House behind it (built in 1871 for Gillies). The house's Victorian interiors were preserved for over a century.
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