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Brora Salt Pans (11938)

Current Priority
2
East
290370
North
903280
Site Type
Track
Period
18th century

Remains of the old track are visible in the hinterland as a grass covered flat linear feature. Remains also noted eroding out of top of dune. Consists of a shallow cut c. 0.2 m deep containing a cobbled surface & coal ash. Unknown width in section due to partial collapse of dune. Has been previously investigated by Clyne Heritage Society.

ShoreUPDATE:

Part of the 18th century salt pans described under record [11937]. Depicted by John Kirk in 1772 as an 'Intended Waggon Road' to carry salt from the pans to Brora Harbour. Excavations in 2009 identified the road.

The full width of the road measured 4.75m, oriented NNE-SSW. The cobbled base was 3m wide, overlain by a series of layers of highly compacted coal dust to from a smooth surface.

The road is a prominent feature visible eroding out of the coast edge as a thick black deposit underlain by cobbles.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
None

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Record 236 on map 10 in East Sutherland Coastal Zone Assessment Survey, 2010

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
MHG30001

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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27th February, 2015 by training2
Survey Information
User:
training2
Date:
Feb. 27, 2015
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Description:

Remains of the old track are visible in the hinterland as a grass covered flat linear feature. Remains also noted eroding out of top of dune. Consists of a shallow cut c. 0.2 m deep containing a cobbled surface & coal ash. Unknown width in section due to partial collapse of dune. Has been previously investigated by Clyne Heritage Society.

ShoreUPDATE:

Part of the 18th century salt pans described under record [11937]. Depicted by John Kirk in 1772 as an 'Intended Waggon Road' to carry salt from the pans to Brora Harbour. Excavations in 2009 identified the road.

The full width of the road measured 4.75m, oriented NNE-SSW. The cobbled base was 3m wide, overlain by a series of layers of highly compacted coal dust to from a smooth surface.

The road is a prominent feature visible eroding out of the coast edge as a thick black deposit underlain by cobbles.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well known; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Monitor closely as part of site 11937. Re-asssign priority 2.