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ID:MHG1393
Type of record:Monument
Name:Harbour, Castlehill Pavement Works
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Summary

Attractive early C19 harbour built to ship flagstones from James Traill's Pavement Works. Built primarilly of local Caithness flag by James Bremner, a native of nearby Keiss.

Images

Outer harbour wall c.319753 968609 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilOuter harbour wall c.319758 968612 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilOuter harbour wall c.319758 968612 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilTop of harbour wall (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilOld Council listed building record (for up to date description see link to Historic Scotland's website)  © Highland Council© Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for detailsDetail of flagstone floor c.319762 968601 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHarbour wall c.319756 968607 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilView of SE slipway, looking SE (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilDetail of concrete overlaying original flagstone surface c.319778 968610 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilDetail of flagstone harbour wall (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilDetail of flagstone harbour wall (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHarbour steps c.319791 968616 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilMooring post c.319802 968619 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilMooring posts c.319818 968620 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilMooring post c.319818 968620 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilInternal harbour walls with garden wall and roof of WWII squash court to rear (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilTop of harbour wall c.319799 968624 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilMooring post c.319766 968604 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilDetail of harbour wall c.319748 968603 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilDetail of harbour wall c.319748 968603 (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilSlipway and eastern harbour wall (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHarbour entrance with step ladder (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilHarbour entrance with step ladder (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilInner harbour wall looking towards SW slipway (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilView of harbour looking NW; note WWII anti-invasion pimples and tank traps on harbour wall in foreground (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland CouncilLooking NE from SW slipway (photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council

Reports

Sites and Monuments Record Card  © Highland Council (File size: 96 KB)© Please contact Highland Council for details (File size: 256 KB)
Grid Reference:ND 1978 6857
Map Sheet:ND16NE
Civil Parish:OLRIG
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

  • HARBOUR (Built, 19th Century - 1820 AD to 1835 AD (between))
Protected Status:Listed Building (C) 14010: Castletown Castlehill Harbour and Boathouse

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG1393
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 8416
  • NMRS Record Details: ND16NE41.0 CASTLEHILL, HARBOUR
  • Non-Statutory Register (R)
  • Old SMR Reference Number: ND16NE0041

Full description

Site visit 1/7/2003, photos. Harbour structure of laid Caithness slabs, unusual as some are laid on end, as this prevents damage from sea. Northern end reinforced with WW2 anti tank concrete blocks. On other side of the road storage areas built into side of hill. Now blocked <1>.

The harbour was constructed for James Traill by James Bremner, a native of Keiss, for his flagstone industry in the early C19. The pavement slabs produced in the cutting yard were brought by means of trolleys and loaded by hand on to small schooners. The slabs were shipped to central and southern Scotland, England and later to South Africa, South America and Australia. A link to further information on both James Traill and James Bremner can be found in the Associated Files <2>.


<1> White, H, Comment by Hilary White, HC Archaeologist, 07/2003 (Verbal Communication). SHG23635.


<2> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.

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