Dunbar Townscape Heritage Initiative (2004-2009)
Priority Project - McArthurs Store
The B-listed McArthurs Stores, adjacent to the Cromwell Harbour, has been used by local fishermen as a place to repair nets and pots for as long as anyone can remember. Dating from the early 18th century, it was originally known as Spott's Granary. It is believed to be the oldest warehouse in continual use in Scotland and, as such, is of national importance.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative awarded grant to the The Dunbar Harbour Trust to undertake essential repairs to the building. To safeguard this important feature of the harbour area, the project created improved facilities for its users, the fishermen, and also an office for the Dunbar Harbour Trust, along with provision of a meeting room for use by community groups in the area. Environmental improvements to landscape the quayside around the building were also undertaken. The scheme went on site in December 2007 was completed in April 2009.
The project was funded through the Dunbar THI with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, East Lothian Council, FIFG Eurpean Fisheries Grant and Viridor Credits Scotland.