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Storm Signal to N of Harbour

A Category C Listed Building in Burghead, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.7035 / 57°42'12"N

Longitude: -3.4977 / 3°29'51"W

OS Eastings: 310839

OS Northings: 869178

OS Grid: NJ108691

Mapcode National: GBR K8QC.BH6

Mapcode Global: WH5GT.7MNR

Entry Name: Storm Signal to N of Harbour

Listing Date: 13 October 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393845

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46516

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Burghead

County: Moray

Town: Burghead

Electoral Ward: Heldon and Laich

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

Earlier to mid 19th century. Circular-plan storm signal with World War 2 look-out in centre. Harled and white-washed circular perimeter wall with steps to S leading through segmental-arched doorway to platform. Harled rectangular-plan look-out in centre with flat roof and boarded-up openings.

Statement of Interest

This storm signal is an unusual survival, within the site of a Pictish fort, probably occupied since the 4th century. There would originally have been a tall mast in the centre of the walled enclosure, up which a large cone was hoisted to warn sailors to return to the harbour when a storm was imminent. The World War 2 look-out is of standard design.

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