MHG1184 - Remains of lighthouse, Latheronwheel

Summary

A small look-out or lighthouse, disused by 1871.

Type and Period (2)

  • LIGHTHOUSE (In use, 19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1871 AD (between))
  • (Alternate Type) LOOKOUT (In use, 19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1871 AD (between))

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Light house. A small building overlooking the harbour, disused by 1871. Name Book 1871; OS 6" map, Caithness, 1st ed., (1871) <1><2>

A modern look-out tower, five-sided and mostly ruinous but with one wall standing to a height of about 2m. It measures 7.3m by 5.5m in maximum dimensions, with walls 0.6m thick. <3>-<5>
J Humphries 1968; C Batey 1982.

ND 1904 3205. Irregular six-sided structure sides vary between 1.9m to 4.9m in length - its 0.7m thick wall of dressed blocks reduced to the base courses except for the most north-easterly angle where it stands 2.6m high. Stone debris fills the interior and litters the surrounding area.
Visited by OS 15 October 1982.

Lighthouse stands on the S side of the inlet, on natural promontory previously used as a fort. View photo in ND13SE0055. <6>

Small ruined wall stands to several metres, visible from harbour & inland side, photo. <7>


<1> Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 6, 267 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3390.


<2> Ordnance Survey, 1871-3, Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25 inch map: Caithness (surveyed 1870-72) (Image/Map). SHG23773.


<3> Humphries, J, 1968, A history of Latheron district, 15 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2780.


<4> Batey, C E, 1982, Caithness coastal survey 1982: interim reports 1980-2, No. 260 (Text/Report). SHG1960.


<5> Batey, C E, 1984, Caithness Coastal Survey 1980-82: Dunnet Head to Ousdale, LAT 260 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG1958.


<6> White, H, Comment by Hilary White, HC Archaeologist, 11/2002 (Verbal Communication). SHG23635.


<7> White, H, Comment by Hilary White, HC Archaeologist, 08/2003 (Verbal Communication). SHG23635.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 19042 32057 (9m by 7m) (Centred)
Map sheet ND13SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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