Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - (see NOTES)
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 13096 80274
313096, 680274


John Rennie, 1810-1813; extended Thomas Telford, 1828-1834. Long jetty and pier running SSW. Jetty paved with setts and bordered by large slabs, extending 165m in length, wrapping around end of pier, returning landward W of pier wall as narrow low-level quay. Raised pier flanking jetty to W; coursed droved sandstone blocks to E wall ending mid-way in pier-head from which steps descend shoreward N to water and another set of steps descend towards Forth to S; longitudinal extension beyond pier-head runs on in form of parapet-wall terminating with tapered circular base for beacon with date stone, 1834. Surface of pier keyed with small oblong blocks arranged in pairs.

5 stone tapered cylindrical rounded posts, dimple carving to tops (formerly joined by chain handrail) to N end; 2 sets of foot holes forming ladder to E wall, 1 to centre and 1 below partially truncated post to right.

Statement of Special Interest

A-group with Signal House, Lantern Tower and East and West Battery Piers (see separate lists). This pier forms an historic association with Ferry Passage and is linked to the contemporary construction of the Signal House, the Lantern Tower, East Battery Pier and West Battery Pier (see separate listings). It was formerly called North Queensferry Pier and later Signal House Pier. In 1809, the Forth Ferry Trustee Company was established and subsequently an Act of Parliament was passed in 1810 by which the former proprietors of the Ferry Passage were compelled to sell their rights to the Government at the price of #10,000. Facilities related to the landing at North Queensferry were in much need of upgrading and engineer, John Rennie, was commissioned to provide improvements to the existing slip landings and piers at North and South Queensferry at a final cost of #33,825. This also included improvements to the landing place at East Battery and a new landing place at West Battery was to be constructed, now located to either side of the N end of the Forth Bridge cantilever. The Town Pier became the main landing point for the ferryboats crossing from South Queensferry. In 1820, the steam ship Queen Margaret was put into use across the Queensferry Passage and consequently a longer pier was required to accommodate this new type of vessel. The Town Pier was the arrival point for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1842. With the opening of the Forth Bridge in 1890, the Railway Pier (see separate listing) built in 1877 at West Bay became the usual pier for road traffic. The ferry passage ceased altogether with the opening of the Forth Road Bridge in 1964.



Office Papers of John Rennie, NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND. Rev W Stephen, HISTORY OF INVERKEITHING AND ROSYTH (1921) p317. A Graham 'Archaeological Notes on some Harbours in Eastern Scotland,' PROCEEDINGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND, Vol 101 (1968-1969) pp259-260. E P Dennison, R Coleman, HISTORIC NORTH QUEENSFERRY AND PENINSULA (2000) pp45, 48-49.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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