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The Coalery, Easdale Island

A Category C Listed Building in Oban North and Lorn, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

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

Category: C

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

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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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