Craster Harbour





Craster War

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Archway - Tower Bank
Art Gallery
Captain Craster Memorial
Chapel Row
Church Street
Coastguard Cottages Coquet View
Craster Tower
Craster Village
Distant Shores
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Road
Haven Hill
Iron Age Settlement
Jolly Fisherman
Little Adam's House
Memorial Hall
Methodist Chapel
Middle Rigg
Quarry, Aerial
Ropeway and Bins

Radar Station
Reservoir 'Tank'
Robson's Smokehouse
St Peter the Fisherman
The 'Shute'
The 'Square'
Summer House
We Can Mind the Time
West End Cottages
Whin Hill
World War Two

Coastguard Cottages

In 'We Can Mind the Time', Joan Angus dates the construction of the Coastguard Cottages to 1870, although there are references to the coastguard in earlier census returns.

Coastguard Cottages May 2012

Photo: Peter Howard

Written in 1957, Eva Archbold's history of the village notes:

"The coast guard houses were built by the Board of Trade on a --- years lease. When it expired about ----  the squire sold them. At the moment they look pie bald, but looked all right when they were tarred. They are brick. During the war they were camouflaged a yellowish colour and now look undecided what to be, yellow or black, except the bottom one which has been rough cast."

In the past, the surrounding wall was painted white and the cottages tarred to waterproof them.

Wall surrounding the garden of  the coastguard cottages

This early photograph shows the coastguard cottages tarred black and the surrounding wall whitewashed . The 'square' is shown overlooking the valley in the centre of Craster and in the foreground are the 'black sheds', where herring were salted and put into barrels.

The coastgurad cottages and the Square in the early 1900's

Coastguard Station on the 1897 OS map

The F.S. on the 1897 OS map (Reproduced from the 1897 Ordnance Survey map with the kind permission of Ordnance Survey) stands for flag staff. This corner of the coastguard compound has crenellated walls, which have given rise to speculation among visitors to Craster that the wall is connected somehow with Dunstanburgh Castle. This of course is not the case. When the coastguard station was built the coastguard service was under the command of the Admiralty and the crenellations and the flag simply reflect this military context.


A Craster Panorama

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