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Dunbar, Victoria Harbour

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    DUNBAR HARBOUR
  • Canmore ID
    71749
  • Site type
    HARBOUR
  • Parish
    DUNBAR
  • Council
    EAST LOTHIAN
  • NGR
    NT 67957 79319
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.005732N, 2.515417W
  • Archeological notes
    NT67NE 147 6799 7932 Not to be confused with Dunbar, Old Harbour ('Cromwell's Harbour') at NT 6814 7922, for which see NT67NE 18. For battery at NT 6811 7934 and wall at NT 678 793, see NT67NE 53 and 164, respectively. For bascule bridge (NT 68056 79289) between Old and Victoria Harbours, see NT67NE 424. For 2003 watching brief (NT 6791 7926), see NT67NE 504. For lifeboat house (on corner of Victoria Place, at NT 68976 79232), see NT67NW 524. (Location cited as NT 680 793 and 681 792). Dunbar Harbour is in two parts. The older section (c. 1710-30) consists of a basin formed by a curved rubble pier and a shorter straight pier; some of the masonry is vertically set. A low wharf inside the curved pier was for coal importation (1761). The newer part, Victoria Harbour (1842), is formed by a sea wall linking two rock outcrops together with a quay along thew shore parallel with the wall. This section has two entrances, one to the old harbour channel spanned by a hand-operated wrought-iron, 2-leaf bascule bridge, and the other (at the N end) is open. There is a 3-storey, 5-bay harled store (Spott's Granary) on the old short pier. J R Hume 1976. Well maintained working harbour. Site recorded by GUARD during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife' 1996.
  • Architectural notes
    EXTERNAL REFERENCE 1899 Proposed store and office to be erected for Mr T Pordage. Plans: Dunbar, Dean of Guild Drawings plan no. 105a

Related material information

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1256872 (30/5/1929)
    Victoria Harbour and Dunbar Castle, Dunbar. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 1256871 (30/5/1929)
    Victoria Harbour and Old Harbour, Dunbar. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 942181 (3/9/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Dunbar harbour, taken from the S.
  • 761532 (1990)
    Aerial view including harbour.
  • 71749 (3/1841)
    Digital image of sketch plan of the proposed harbour 1841.
  • 761536 (28/4/1949)
    Digital copy of oblique aerial photograph, 541A/469, frame 0024.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 71749 (3/9/2003)
    Report: Victoria Harbour, Dunbar, East Lothian. Archaeological Watching Brief.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey archive: List of Vertical Aerial Photographs consulted in the NMRS, from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey archive: Record sheets and maps of Geology and Coastal Geomorphology Units , from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey archive: Record sheets and maps of Erosion Units, from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Report of coastal assessment survey for Historic Scotland: The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the border of Fife. (3 volumes) Revised version with amended text.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey archive: Record sheets from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey archive: Photographic register from Coastal Assessment Survey, 'The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Coast of Fife'.
  • 71749 ()
    Report on subterranean passages and chambers. 8 b/w photographs. 2 drawings of passages and chambers.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view of the burgh and town with the harbour adjacent, taken from the SSE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the WNW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the NW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the NNW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the NNE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the ENE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the ESE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the SW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the SSE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the S.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the SSW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the W.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the WSW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the ENE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the ESE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the SSE.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the SSW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the SW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the WSW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the W.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the WNW.
  • 71749 (25/6/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the harbour with the remains of the battery adjacent, taken from the NNW.
  • 71749 (3/9/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Dunbar harbour, taken from the SW.
  • 71749 (3/9/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Dunbar harbour, taken from the W.
  • 71749 (3/9/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Dunbar harbour, taken from the S.
  • 71749 (3/9/2003)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Dunbar harbour, taken from the WSW.
  • 71749 (13/7/2004)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the barracks with fishermen's housing at Victoria Place, harbours and leisure centre adjacent, taken from the WSW.
  • 71749 (13/7/2004)
    Oblique aerial view centred on fishermen's housing at Victoria Place, barracks and leisure centre with the harbour and castle adjacent, taken from the N.
  • 71749 (13/7/2004)
    Oblique aerial view centred on fishermen's housing at Victoria Place, barracks and leisure centre with the harbour and castle adjacent, taken from the N.
  • 71749 ()
    General aerial view of Dunbar Town from the NE, overlooking Victoria Harbour (NT67NE 147) and the castle remains (NT67NE 8).
  • 71749 ()
    Aerial view of the 18th century battery (NT67NE 53) and Dunbar, Victoria Harbour (NT67NE 148) taken from the NE.
  • 71749 (1990)
    Aerial view including harbour.
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey photographs: Unclassified masonary structure; views of Dunbar including Old Harbour and Maltings/Warehouse, Victoria Harbour, Castle, Lamer Island Battery, Kirk Hill Braes long cist cemetery and site of urban excavation at leisure pool development; Belhaven Bay World War II defensive structures including look-outs, anti-tank blocks and a glider trap; anti-tank blocks at Hedderwick; St Baldred's Cradle cairn and Tyne Sands World War 2 pill box, fish trap and cart track marks. Views of Belhaven Bay. Coastal Unit at NT 683 788. .
  • 71749 (1996)
    Survey photographs: Unclassified masonry structure; views of Dunbar including Old Harbour and Maltings/Warehouse, Victoria Harbour, Castle, Lamer Island Battery, Kirk Hill Braes long cist cemetery and site of urban excavation at leisure pool development; Belhaven Bay World War II defensive structures including look-outs, anti-tank blocks and a glider trap; anti-tank blocks at Hedderwick; St Baldred's Cradle cairn and Tyne Sands World War 2 pill box, fish trap and cart track marks. Views of erosion at Dunbar and Belhaven Bay.
  • 71749 (1951)
    General view.
  • 71749 (1951)
    General view.
  • 71749 (1981)
    General view of entrance.
  • 71749 (1951)
    General view of harbour and castle.
  • 71749 (3/1841)
    Photographic copy of sketch plan of the proposed harbour.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Haddingtonshire, Sheet 61853