NT3973 : Preston Cross

taken 8 years ago, near to Prestonpans, East Lothian, Great Britain

Preston Cross
Preston Cross
Said to be the oldest mercat cross in Scotland still on its original site. In former times the burgh, known as Salt-Preston, plied a lucrative foreign trade with the Low Countries by exporting the home-grown product of sea-salt. The abundant supply of local coal was used to evaporate the sea-water.

"About six or seven miles from this city [Edinburgh] I saw and took notice of divers salt-works in poor houses erected upon the sea coast. I went into one of them, and observed iron pans eighteen foot long and nine foot broad; these larger pans and houses than those at the Sheildes. An infinite, innumerable number of salt-works here are erected upon this shore; all make salt of sea-water." -- Sir William Brereton, 1635
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 28 June, 2010
Mercat Cross   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 394 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.2951N 2:58.3062W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 393 739
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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