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Dunbar, Victoria Harbour / Dunbar Harbour
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- HER number: MEL1953
- Site Name: Dunbar, Victoria Harbour / Dunbar Harbour
- Grid Reference: 367989 679319
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Harbour, 1842
- Description: 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).
(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) "Victoria Harbour was built in 1842 and is formed by a sea wall linking two rock outcrops together with a quay along the shore parallel to the wall. It remains in use and is well maintained."
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- Bibliographic reference: Baldwin, J. 1997. Edinburgh, Lothians and the Borders, 2nd edition. 71. No. 14.
- Bibliographic reference: McWilliam, C E. 1978a. Lothian except Edinburgh. 190.
- (1) Bibliographic reference: Hume, J R. 1976. The industrial archaeology of Scotland. 117.
- (2) Unpublished document: James, H F. 1996. Coastal Assessment Survey: The Firth of Forth from Dunbar to the Border of Fife. 220.
- (3) Unpublished document: Moore, H and Wilson, G. 2006. Report on Coastal Zone Assessment Survey: East Lothian and Scottish Borders. site no. 121.