SD2364 : Old Customs House, Roa Island

taken 4 years ago, near to Roa Island, Cumbria, Great Britain

Old Customs House, Roa Island
Old Customs House, Roa Island
Described in its EH listing LinkExternal link as a Watchtower, this building was originally the Customs House for Roa Island and dates, it is thought, from 1849.
It has a central archway with 2-storey, 1-bay boathouse wing on left and small square tower on right. It has had various uses including being a chapel for a while, the "Roa Island Mission". It is now described as a workshop.
Roa Island
Roa island is shaped a little like a boxing glove with the thumb sticking out! It is nowadays permanently causwayed to the mainland at Rampside, the road across this causeway being called the "Roa Island Road" not unreasonably.
It has an area of about 3ha (7 acres) and a population of c.100 making it England's 15th most populous offshore island! see LinkExternal link
The island ceased to be truly insular when the causeway was completed in 1846 at the expense of the island's then owner John Abel Smith, a London banker and MP for Chichester & Midhurst.
Wikipedia article on Roa Island LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 21 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Islands 
Island (from Tags)
Roa 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 231 648 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:4.4404N 3:10.5303W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 232 648
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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