Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 95881 60948
395881, 660948


Early to earlier 19th century; pier extended and beacon added D & T Stevenson, 1876; W breakwater constructed D & T Stevenson, 1879; inner basin constructed 1959. Enclosed harbour comprising 800ft, near L-plan pier to E with continuous parapet to E side; steps and beacon in place to NW. Straight pier projecting from main pier and later L-plan pier projecting from shore to form inner basin to SW. 325ft, angled breakwater to NW, enclosing outer basin. Predominantly squared and coursed, tooled sandstone walls (heavily rendered in part); rendered L-plan pier to SW. Plain iron bollards line concrete walkways.

Statement of Special Interest

Dramatically set at the foot of a steep decline, Burnmouth Harbour retains both architectural and historic interest. Originally comprising the L-plan pier which now forms the E side of the inner basin, initial building costs are recorded at ?1,600 (GAZETTEER). Later redevelopment resulted in the extension of the main pier, the building of the W breakwater and the addition of a beacon (completed by 1879 at a cost of ?6,296), and the formation of an inner basin to the SW in 1959. Fundamentally intact and still in use, the harbour is the most significant built structure in this fishing village. Drawings held in the National Map Library show the initial extension of the main pier was proposed by D & T Stevenson in 1858, although work did not begin until the mid 1870s. Further plans of works proposed to be carried out under the General Pier & Harbour Acts, 1893 (also by Stevenson) show an extension to the N of the already extended pier. No trace of this can be seen, indicating the plans were never executed.



National Map Library, drawings by D & T Stevenson, 1858-1893. Ordnance Survey map, 1860 (original pier evident). RUTHERFURD'S SOUTHERN COUNTIES' REGISTER AND DIRECTORY (1866, reprinted 1990) p596. F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER (1882) p202. Ordnance Survey map, 1899 (extended pier and breakwater evident). J Hume THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND, Vol 1 (1976) p74. NMRS photographic records.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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