Catchpenny ELI S NO512013 1 20m
Catch a penny 1827 Ainslie/East Fife
Catchpenny 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
There is still a field known as The Catchpenny on the farm of Newark, sometimes known also as Catch-a-penny. Local tradition has it that there was a toll-booth here – a building is marked on the 1855 map at the side of the road (now A917) at the NGR given above. OS Name Book, however, gives a different explanation of the name: ‘On the farm of Newark, and now occupied by a Hind’s residence, it was formerly a Public House, hence the name’ (80, 99). It is not obvious why a former public house should be called Catchpenny.
Note also that SSE catchpenny ‘designed and made to sell without concern for quality; cheap, low in price, charging cheap prices’.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 3