MHG50475 - Clay extraction pits - Munlochy Bay

Summary

A number of clay extraction pits strung along the seaward side of a levy.

Type and Period (1)

  • CLAY PIT (Constructed, 20th Century to 21st Century - 1946 AD? to 2009 AD? (at some time))

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (19/03/2007 14:11:55)
NH65SE 59 6555 5325

Several >10 quarry pits for clay extraction for levees extend for >400m. Along seaward side of levees generally c 10m.by 10m.
CFA/MORA Coastal Assessment Survey 1998.

These features can be seen clearly on modern colour vertical aerial photographs. There is a local tradition that they were used as stew ponds by the monks of Fortrose Cathedral. <1>

The features do not appear on an aerial photograph from 1946: sortie 540/1725, photo 3163, which would suggest that they were dug relatively recently. The same photograph does show a large number of smaller pit like features strung along the southern side of the long levy to the east. <2><3>

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 6545 5318 (227m by 281m) (Approximate)
Map sheet NH65SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish KNOCKBAIN

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