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Fort Point,fort and salt-pans,Salt Pans Bay,Galdenoch

A Scheduled Monument in Stranraer and the Rhins, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9075 / 54°54'27"N

Longitude: -5.1769 / 5°10'36"W

OS Eastings: 196438

OS Northings: 561600

OS Grid: NW964616

Mapcode National: GBR FHLQ.X2F

Mapcode Global: WH1R0.GX16

Entry Name: Fort Point,fort and salt-pans,Salt Pans Bay,Galdenoch

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1938

Last Amended: 24 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1982

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: chemical; Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Leswalt

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Stranraer and the Rhins

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric promontory fort and of structures associated with salt making in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The fort is a promontory, enclosed on the landward side by a wall

from 1.9m to 3m thick. On the NNE and E there are traces of an outer wall with an entrance on the E. This wall is much reduced, and in

palces survives only as a few foundation blocks and a scatter of

loose stone. The enclosed area is 30m by 23m.

To the E of the fort are the remains of a salt-pan and associated buildings. There are two elongated rectangular buildings, one 13.3m

by 4m and the other 12.7m by 3.3m internally, within walls 0.6m to

0.7m thick. The larger building is subdivided into two compartments. Both are reduced to little more than 1m in height. An associated building, 6.5m by 5.8m, has been severely robbed. This was probably

the salt-boiling pan itself. A ruined kiln stands nearby, and may be agricultural rather than connected with the salt industry. There are records that a salt-pan and works were erected by Alexander Osborne

for Uchtred Agnew of Galdenoch in about 1640, and in 1791 "two

dwelling houses and a salt pan" are recorded. They probably went out

of use shortly thereafter.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, to include the

promontory fort and the salt-pan and dwelling foundations, and an

area around and between them in which evidence relating to their separate construction and use may survive, measuring a maximum of

145m NE-SW by 95m transversely, as shown in red on the accompanying


Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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