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Seacliff Tower (588)

Current Priority
2
East
361300
North
684180
Site Type
Tower
Period
16th century

The tower is a ruinous structure as described in the SMR. Blocks of dressed sandstone were visible at the base of the cliff immediately below the tower which indicate that active erosion is taking place.

30 March 2014: The internal walls are completely submerged beneath a dense covering of ivy. The only visible stonework is at the wall bases. The tide was too high to look for fallen sandstone blocks on the shoreline below but viewed from the NW the external walls are also totally shrouded in ivy with only the exposed face of an external buttress visible at the W end.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - assess condition of the site ;
Survey site - standing building survey

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Record NT 68 SW 5 on map 18 in Coastal Assessment Survey: The Firth of Forth, 1996

Other records:

NMRS
57868
SMR
MEL1757

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30th March, 2014 by JillStro
Survey Information
User:
JillStro
Date:
March 30, 2014
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
vegetation growth; structural damage/decay
Description:

The tower is a ruinous structure as described in the SMR. Blocks of dressed sandstone were visible at the base of the cliff immediately below the tower which indicate that active erosion is taking place.

30 March 2014: The internal walls are completely submerged beneath a dense covering of ivy. The only visible stonework is at the wall bases. The tide was too high to look for fallen sandstone blocks on the shoreline below but viewed from the NW the external walls are also totally shrouded in ivy with only the exposed face of an external buttress visible at the W end.

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

This is a very dangerous site and it is not advisable to access it except with extreme caution.

Recommendations:

The structure was measured in 1927 for the SMR but would merit a more detailed survey. This is not possible at present because of the dense vegetation cover and great care would have to be taken because of its hazardous situation.

Reassign priority 2