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 13129 80359
313129, 680359


John Rennie, circa 1810-1812. Small hexagonal lighthouse (5m high, 1.22m wide per side) standing above the landward end of the Town Pier (see separate listing). Droved sandstone ashlar; projecting circular base (35cm high); string course above door; semicircular recess centred above door; string course above recess; banded and ovolo moulded eaves course; stone parapet above. Timber boarded door. Octagonal, ribbed copper dome with cruciform metal vent pipe, lower half glazed, 4-pane metal framing to each side.

INTERIOR: stone wheel stair; not seen, 2002.

Statement of Special Interest

A-group with Signal House, Town Pier and East and West Battery Piers (see separate lists). This tower forms an historic association with the Ferry Passage and is linked to the contemporary construction of Signal House, Town Pier East Battery Pier and West Battery 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 along with the improvements made to the existing slip landings and piers at South Bay by engineer, John Rennie, a lighthouse and signal house were also erected with the help of the Trustees. The tower retains its original lantern and vent pipe.



1st edition Ordnance Survey map (1856). A Graham 'Archaeological Notes on some Harbours in Eastern Scotland,' PROCEEDINGS FROM THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND, Vol 101 (1968-1969) p260. J R Hume, HARBOUR LIGHTS (1997) p33. E P Dennison, R Coleman, HISTORIC NORTH QUEENSFERRY AND PENINSULA (2000) pp29, 30, 41, 49, 52, 71.

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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