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Foghorn Engine House, St Abb's Head Lighthouse

A Category B Listed Building in Coldingham, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.9161 / 55°54'57"N

Longitude: -2.1394 / 2°8'21"W

OS Eastings: 391387

OS Northings: 669226

OS Grid: NT913692

Mapcode National: GBR F0H1.M3

Mapcode Global: WH9XQ.3KJJ

Plus Code: 9C7VWV86+C7

Entry Name: Foghorn Engine House, St Abb's Head Lighthouse

Listing Name: St Abb's Head, Lighthouse Including Foghorn, Foghorn Engine House, Boundary Walls and Stair

Listing Date: 9 June 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335316

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4103

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Coldingham

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Parish: Coldingham

Traditional County: Berwickshire

Tagged with: Architectural structure

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David and Thomas Stevenson, opened 1862 with later additions and alterations.

LIGHTHOUSE: major but diminutive light comprising circular-plan, triangular-paned lantern with finialled, hemispherical cap on squat single storey, whitewashed base of interlocking square and circle, with painted coping. INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

FOGHORN: separate single storey, semicircular-plan block to N with surmounting foghorn.

FOGHORN ENGINE HOUSE: single storey, rectangular-plan engine house to SW. Whitewashed harl; bull-faced sandstone dressings (painted in part). SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: segmental-arched doorway off-set to right. SE AND NW (SIDE) ELEVATIONS: segmental-arched windows in both bays. Doorway in gabled addition to right and single window in gabled addition to left respectively. 8-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Flat roof. INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND STAIR: rubble-coped, whitewashed rubble, semicircular boundary wall to W of light. Steep stair to SW with rubble-coped, whitewashed rubble walls to sides; 2-leaf pedestrian gate.

Statement of Interest

B Group comprises 'St Abb's Head, Lighthouse' and 'St Abb's Head, Lightkeeper's Cottage, Lighthouse Retreat & Keeper's Hold' - see separate list entry. Although now in separate ownership, both the lighthouse and the cottages once associated with it form a significant group, prominently set on St Abb's Head (a nature reserve). Commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Board, the lighthouse was opened on 24th February 1862 and, now automated, is still in use 1999.

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