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Crail Salt Pans (1480)

Current Priority
2
East
360798
North
706754
Site Type
Salt Pans
Period
17th-19th C

Walling and burnt debris have been reported eroding from the 6ft (2m) cliff face. The site was visited and photographed. Sponsor: Fife Archaeological Index. E Proudfoot 1990c.

Revetted wall. Site recorded by Maritime Fife during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, Kincardine to Fife Ness 1996

References Kenworthy, J B (1980 c) 'Coastal survey', Discovery Excav Scot, 1980, 5, Proudfoot, E (1990 c) 'The Pans, E of (Crail parish), salt pans, remains', Discovery Excav Scot, 1990, 16,

Note NO60NW 38 is nearby NO 606 065 At this place was formerly carried on the maltings of salt. and excepting the (one) or two cottages the works are in ruins. Name Book 1855. Two roofed buildings and one large partially roofed building are shown on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Fifie and Kinross 1855, sheet 20). One roofed building and three enclosures are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1972). Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 5 August 1999.

Sept 2013: The roofed and un-roofed buildings shown on the OS are not related to these remains eroding out of the coastal section. Substantial remains of one or more stone buildings with internal structures associated with quantities of fuel slag, coal and ash indicate an industrial building(s), almost certainly a salt pan. Cartographic evidence show they are 18th century or earlier.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
Visit - attempt to locate and characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - topographic and photographic survey

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Record NO60NW39 on map 20 in Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland Fife -Kincardine to Fifeness, 1996

Other records:

NMRS
35345
SMR
Unknown

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16th September, 2013 by Crail1
Survey Information
User:
Crail1
Date:
Sept. 16, 2013
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
structural damage/decay
Description:

Walling and burnt debris have been reported eroding from the 6ft (2m) cliff face. The site was visited and photographed. Sponsor: Fife Archaeological Index. E Proudfoot 1990c.

Revetted wall. Site recorded by Maritime Fife during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, Kincardine to Fife Ness 1996

References Kenworthy, J B (1980 c) 'Coastal survey', Discovery Excav Scot, 1980, 5, Proudfoot, E (1990 c) 'The Pans, E of (Crail parish), salt pans, remains', Discovery Excav Scot, 1990, 16,

Note NO60NW 38 is nearby NO 606 065 At this place was formerly carried on the maltings of salt. and excepting the (one) or two cottages the works are in ruins. Name Book 1855. Two roofed buildings and one large partially roofed building are shown on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Fifie and Kinross 1855, sheet 20). One roofed building and three enclosures are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1972). Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 5 August 1999.

Sept 2013: The roofed and un-roofed buildings shown on the OS are not related to these remains eroding out of the coastal section. Substantial remains of one or more stone buildings with internal structures associated with quantities of fuel slag, coal and ash indicate an industrial building(s), almost certainly a salt pan. Cartographic evidence show they are 18th century or earlier.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

The site is in extremely poor condition and very vulnerable. Information it contains will be lost in the short-term. This would be an ideal community excavation project. Reassign priority 2.