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Dunbar Castle (10089)

Current Priority
2
East
367820
North
679300
Site Type
Castle
Period
Various

The ruins of Dunbar Castle stand on a craggy rock next to the harbour. Historical and archaeological records indicate that this site has probably been in continuous use as a fort since at least the 1st millennium AD. The surviving masonry is probably of medieval date and is in an extremely poor condition. Loose stonework and collapse stone are in evidence, both on the rock and on the shore beneath. The castle is currently closed and a dangerous building notice is in force.

ShoreUPDATE March 2014 As described. The east side of the rocky promontory on which the castle stands forms the western side of the harbour, with a modern quay built against it. Although the building is in poor condition, the main threat is posed by structural decay and collapse of the stonework rather than coastal erosion. The castle and its immediate surroundings remain closed to the public.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record EL 123 on map EL 5 in CZAS, East Lothian and Scottish Borders, 2006

Other records:

NMRS
57687
SMR
MEL1580

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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23rd March, 2014 by EllieSCHARP
Survey Information
User:
EllieSCHARP
Date:
March 23, 2014
Tidal state:
high
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Other threats?:
structural damage/decay
Description:

The ruins of Dunbar Castle stand on a craggy rock next to the harbour. Historical and archaeological records indicate that this site has probably been in continuous use as a fort since at least the 1st millennium AD. The surviving masonry is probably of medieval date and is in an extremely poor condition. Loose stonework and collapse stone are in evidence, both on the rock and on the shore beneath. The castle is currently closed and a dangerous building notice is in force.

ShoreUPDATE March 2014 As described. The east side of the rocky promontory on which the castle stands forms the western side of the harbour, with a modern quay built against it. Although the building is in poor condition, the main threat is posed by structural decay and collapse of the stonework rather than coastal erosion. The castle and its immediate surroundings remain closed to the public.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
not accessible, but visible from public path/road/adjacent land
The site is:
is well known; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Reassign to priority 2