Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 32345 94592
332345, 694592


1621. Ashlar and rubble wet dock by J & A Leslie, 1872-3, infilled 1964. Small tidal harbour with pier to S and jetty projecting to SW. Inner and outer harbours divided by quay to E with slipway to infilled inner harbour. Large coursed sandstone blocks to wharfs and pier.

Statement of Special Interest

Property of Wemyss Properties Ltd. Originally a fishing and mercantile harbour with flourishing salt trade, West Wemyss harbour was extended at a cost of ?10,000, this inner harbour covered approximately 1 acre, was 18'6" deep with berthage of 450. During the early years of the 20th century, 60,000 tons of coal per year was exported from the Lady Victoria and Lady Emma collieries. The inner basin was largely infilled in 1964. Since its initial listing in 1979, the outer harbour has been cleared and is now used by small fishing vessels.



J Hume THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND (1976), p145. Gifford FIFE (1992), p426. Groome's GAZETTEER VOL VI, p479. Save the West Wemyss Ancient Caves Society TOWARD WEST WEMYSS (1993).

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.

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