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Eyemouth, Kings Mount (9873)

Current Priority
2
East
394320
North
664840
Site Type
Fort
Period
14th- 18th C

This fort occupies a high promontory above the town of Eyemouth. It was built in 1547 for Protector Somerset by Sir Richard Lee, who later designed the fortifications at Berwick-on-Tweed. It was re-fortified by the French in 1557, when a long curtain wall and a ditch with bastions at either end were built. The cliff edge in this area is very unstable and there is evidence of recent substantial landslip and of coastal erosion. The fortifications on the coast edge are affected and there are numerous exposures showing the stony deposits which form the ramparts. While it is unlikely that this site can be protected against further losses, a programme of monitoring, both on the promontory and among eroded deposits on the beach below may be productive. The site is visible on AP's (B227 3122-4 11/5/49, B755 654-5 25/5/74).

ShoreUPDATE 2014 As described. There is ongoing erosion of the cliffs of the promontory, which has exposed sections through the banks and ditches of the fort's defences. Other issues include a lack of interpretation and access problems caused by long grasses covering the earthworks and much of the interior of the fort. Eyemouth Fort is the subject of a SCHARP ShoreDIG project with the local community to further investigate the site and its condition and to improve access and interpretation of the site.

UPDATE 2016 An on-site interpretation board was installed on the site in September 2016 and explains the history of the site and the two phases of earthworks. A management plan for the site is in preparation.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
Visit - assess condition of the site ;
Monitor site to report fresh exposures

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Record SB 21 on map SB 13 in CZAS, East Lothian and Scottish Borders, 2006

Other records:

NMRS
60188
SMR
SMR1120004

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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20th November, 2014 by EllieSCHARP
Survey Information
User:
EllieSCHARP
Date:
Nov. 20, 2014
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?:
vegetation growth
Description:

This fort occupies a high promontory above the town of Eyemouth. It was built in 1547 for Protector Somerset by Sir Richard Lee, who later designed the fortifications at Berwick-on-Tweed. It was re-fortified by the French in 1557, when a long curtain wall and a ditch with bastions at either end were built. The cliff edge in this area is very unstable and there is evidence of recent substantial landslip and of coastal erosion. The fortifications on the coast edge are affected and there are numerous exposures showing the stony deposits which form the ramparts. While it is unlikely that this site can be protected against further losses, a programme of monitoring, both on the promontory and among eroded deposits on the beach below may be productive. The site is visible on AP's (B227 3122-4 11/5/49, B755 654-5 25/5/74).

ShoreUPDATE 2014 As described. There is ongoing erosion of the cliffs of the promontory, which has exposed sections through the banks and ditches of the fort's defences. Other issues include a lack of interpretation and access problems caused by long grasses covering the earthworks and much of the interior of the fort. Eyemouth Fort is the subject of a SCHARP ShoreDIG project with the local community to further investigate the site and its condition and to improve access and interpretation of the site.

UPDATE 2016 An on-site interpretation board was installed on the site in September 2016 and explains the history of the site and the two phases of earthworks. A management plan for the site is in preparation.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Although the vegetation growth identified as a threat is not a threat to the site itself, it obscures the earthworks and prevents easy access to much of the site.