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Newhalls Road, Hawes Pier, Lighthouse

A Category B Listed Building in Almond, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9907 / 55°59'26"N

Longitude: -3.3853 / 3°23'7"W

OS Eastings: 313679

OS Northings: 678395

OS Grid: NT136783

Mapcode National: GBR 21.VFG6

Mapcode Global: WH6S9.ZP39

Entry Name: Newhalls Road, Hawes Pier, Lighthouse

Listing Date: 22 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 386277

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB40353

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Almond

Traditional County: West Lothian

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Description

John Rennie, circa 1812; lantern late 19th century. Circular base; hexagonal tower; lantern above. Base level; band course at cill; blind arches with keystones; cable course at springing of arches; rusticated ashlar; smooth ashlar dressings.

N FACE: round arched doorway; short steps from east and west; sculptured carved head keystone.

S FACE: sculptured carved head keystone.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Newhalls Road, Pier. Lighthouses were relatively rare structures until the 18th century and the earliest ones had stone towers. This is a fine example of a small unmanned harbour light, designed in the manner of a garden folly in rusticated ashlar. The lighthouse would have served as both a warning and a guide to approaching boats. The proximity of the pier to Hawes Inn would suggest that it was the main boarding/disembarking point for the ferries. With the decline in ferry travel in the twentieth-century the lighthouse became redundant and is no longer visible from either the Forth or the shore as other buildings, including the Lifeboat Rescue boathouse, have been built around it. John Rennie found fame for his engineering works, such as the three bridges he designed for the River Thames in London, than for lighthouses. However, it is a tribute to Queensferry that, whilst designing grand bridges in the Capital, Rennie took the time to design a handsome harbour light for the small fishing town.

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