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Woodston Fishing Station, Former Skipper's Quarters, Bothy and Ice House

A Category B Listed Building in St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.775 / 56°46'30"N

Longitude: -2.3978 / 2°23'52"W

OS Eastings: 375786

OS Northings: 764897

OS Grid: NO757648

Mapcode National: GBR X8.P3L1

Mapcode Global: WH8R6.4ZG2

Entry Name: Woodston Fishing Station, Former Skipper's Quarters, Bothy and Ice House

Listing Date: 4 September 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394708

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47357

Building Class: Cultural

Location: St Cyrus

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Description

SKIPPER'S QUARTERS AND BOTHY

Earlier 19th century. Single storey and attic, 6-bay, rectangular plan former Skipper's Quarters and Bothy. Random rubble, painted to SE and SW.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; piend-roofed boarded timber porch to penultimate bay to left, flanked to left and right by single windows; doorway to penultimate bay to right, flanked by irregularly windows.

NE ELEVATION: gabled; doorway to left of ground floor, flanked by flat-roofed low addition at right; timber steps lead to opening set in

gablehead; weather-vane to gable apex. NW ELEVATION: asymmetrical; irregularly placed openings.

SW ELEVATION: gabled; single window to right.

Predominantly timber sash and case windows. Slate roof. Stone skews with blocked skewputts. Gablehead and ridge stacks with circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

ICE HOUSE

Earlier 19th century. 2-chambered ice house set in hillside to E of Skipper's House and Bothy facing SE. Squared rubble. Gabled SE elevation, wall advanced to left at ground floor, doorway flanking to right, gable-line of former structure survives. Inner chamber vaulted.

Statement of Interest

Salmon fishing was important to the community of St Cyrus. Woodston Fishing station, which was run by Joseph Johnston & Sons, Ltd, est. 1826, is mentioned in the New Statistical Account as a major salmon fishery. The survival of the ice house is particularly significant. In the 18th century ice houses became used by fisheries to store and provide ice to pack the fish (previously fish was pickled, or packed in salt) which allowed fresh fish to be easily transported. Most of the fish produced at Woodston was sold in Edinburgh and London.

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