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East Pier, Harbour, Pennan

A Category B Listed Building in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6796 / 57°40'46"N

Longitude: -2.2583 / 2°15'29"W

OS Eastings: 384693

OS Northings: 865554

OS Grid: NJ846655

Mapcode National: GBR N8SF.840

Mapcode Global: WH9N4.87VL

Plus Code: 9C9VMPHR+RM

Entry Name: East Pier, Harbour, Pennan

Listing Name: Pennan Harbour, East and West Piers

Listing Date: 16 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 407158

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2750

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdour (Aberdeenshire)

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Parish: Aberdour (Aberdeenshire)

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


1854 (E pier) and 1903-4 (W pier, James Barron, engineer) on earlier harbour site. Tooled square rubble with some concrete dressings and facings.

E pier extended 1909 (Mr Stevenson, engineer, Edinburgh) projects as straight arm into sea. W pier shaped as shallow U-plan; piers meet to form harbour entrance enclosing polygonal basin fronting shoreline at S. Seaward face of each pier raised as seawall to shelter quayside; shallow concrete slipway extends from shore.

Statement of Interest

W pier repaired at cost of £17,000 in 1981. The harbour is independently administered by local harbour trustees.

First harbour constructed in 1704 sheltering the beach enclosed by present piers and the only rock-free landing

place in Pennan Bay. A second harbour was constructed in 1799 which seems to have been destroyed (as was its predecessor?) by storms. The E pier was constructed in 1854 and the remainder of the harbour piecemeal after that.

Plaque set in W pier reads: 'This stone was laid by Miss Elizabeth Maconachie, Strichen House, 20th August, 1904. The Rev Charles Birnie, Chairman, Harbour Committee. James Barron, Engineer'.

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