NO7254 : Fishtown of Usan former salt boiling house and ice house

taken 16 years ago, near to Usan, Angus, Great Britain

Fishtown of Usan former salt boiling house and ice house
Fishtown of Usan former salt boiling house and ice house
This photo shows the former salt boiling house and ice house at Fishtown of Usan in the old parish of Craig. Since the 15th January 1980, it has been designated a Grade C (S) listed building. This building is the sole survivor of three salt pans at Usan which were in use by 1798. Sea water was trapped in a rock basin and, particularly in summer, evaporation increased the salt concentration of the brine. A channel was cut through the rock to supply the pans with salt water at high tide. Sloops of 40 to 50 tons also used the channel to land coal. It took approximately 6 tons of coal to boil enough water to produce one ton of salt. Salt had been an expensive commodity but when the duty on it entering Scotland was repealed in January 1823, cheap rock salt flooded the market and all Scottish salt works became unprofitable and were shut down soon afterwards. This surviving salt pan or boiling house was converted into an ice house to store local salmon catches. At present, the building is used to weigh and grade locally caught wild salmon.
On the brae, above the former ice house, is the old salmon bothy. It has been converted into a house.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 July, 2003   (more nearby)
Saturday, 22 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Industry 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 7258 5465 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:40.9672N 2:26.9504W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 7256 5461
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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