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Latitude: 56.2923 / 56°17'32"N
Longitude: -5.6565 / 5°39'23"W
OS Eastings: 173825
OS Northings: 717101
OS Grid: NM738171
Mapcode National: GBR DDD2.RT3
Mapcode Global: WH0H2.23PL
Entry Name: The Coalery, Easdale Island
Listing Date: 8 June 2001
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395511
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48075
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Kilbrandon and Kilchattan
County: Argyll and Bute
Electoral Ward: Oban North and Lorn
Parish: Kilbrandon And Kilchattan
Traditional County: Argyllshire
Later 19th century. Single storey, rectangular-plan, M-gabled, former engine shed. Whinstone and slate rubble coursers. Bell tower to E gable.
E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2 large gabled bays. Square headed, machinery door and smaller pedestrian door to left bay; small bell tower slightly recessed from apex, bell suspended between 2 slate piers capped by large slate slab. Large square headed double machinery doors to right bay, timber boarding from eaves course to apex of gable.
W (REAR) ELEVATION: window to ground left.
N (SIDE) ELEVATION: gabled roof terminating centre right, lean-to roof from centre right to outer right.
S (SIDE) ELEVATION: window to outer left. Modern dormer window to outer left.
Grey slates, lead flashing. 4-pane, timber, sash and case windows.
INTERIOR: open-plan workshop with small offices partitioned off at rear.
B Group with Easdale Island numbers: Harbour Breastwork; 1; 2,3,4,5; 8,100,6; Drill Hall; 9; 11,11A, 11B; 12; 12A; 13; 15; 32,18,19; 23; 24; 29; 31,33A, 33; 34,35; 41,42,43,44; 47; 48; 36; 50,51,52,53,54; 55, ordered to follow the original numbering from east to west across Easdale Island, not in actual numeric order.
Presently a carpenter's workshop, the Coalery was originally built as stables and then used as an engine shed for the small narrow gauge railway installed on the island in the late nineteenth century, replacing pony drawn carts, for transporting slates from the quarries to the harbour. The bell was used to signal the end of work shifts and church services on Sundays, which were held inside the building in poor weather. For further information see separate listing for 1 Easdale Island.
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