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St Monance Harbour

A Category B Listed Building in East Neuk and Landward, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2043 / 56°12'15"N

Longitude: -2.7655 / 2°45'55"W

OS Eastings: 352606

OS Northings: 701567

OS Grid: NO526015

Mapcode National: GBR 2S.F2N7

Mapcode Global: WH7SS.HB91

Entry Name: St Monance Harbour

Listing Date: 18 August 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 387053

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB40965

Building Class: Cultural

Location: St Monance

County: Fife

Town: St Monance

Electoral Ward: East Neuk and Landward

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Natural tidal harbour with three piers and boat-builders slipways. Central Pier: 300 feet long, cased in cement, incorporating pre-1828 fabric. East Pier: David and Thomas Stevenson, 1865, L-plan. Shuttered mass-concrete breakwater additions, 1879 to S and SW. West Pier: Charles Stevenson, reconstructed 1902.

Statement of Interest

The harbour at St Monans is central to the historical focus and identity of the village. Its phased construction tells us much about the development and importance of the fishing industry and herring fleet boat-building community here in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The harbour breakwaters demonstrate an early use of unreinforced mass concrete and Portland cement construction. These materials were used in a number of structures, including lighthouses, associated with the fishing industry in Fife from the end of the 19th century onwards.

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