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34, Easdale Island

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General Details and Location

Name of Building
Other Name(s)
34, Easdale Island
Planning Authority
Divisional Area
Reference No
Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
NM 73824 16971
Location Type
Rural Settlement
HS Reference No


One of a pair of semi-detached, single storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan, symmetrical improved cottages, NE facing. Harled whinstone and slate rubble. Small 4-pane, timber, sash and case windows, boarded timber doors. Coped gablehead stacks, grey slates, lead flashing.

Easdale Island houses were built as accommodation for slate quarriers and their families.

The cottages follow the simple, efficient 'improved cottage' form of estate cottages from this period across Scotland, whereby symmetry, gable end chimneystacks, proper flooring and solid masonry were applied to traditional dwelling type. Each house was originally of the same basic plan inside as well being; a central lobby with closet behind and door to the kitchen /living area on one side and to the bedroom on the other. Many of the cottages have rear gardens with thick slate garden walls. These gardens were cultivated for food in the nineteenth century when the supply of food to the island problematic. It can be noticed that many of the gardens have higher ground levels than the surrounding area. This is because Easdale itself has virtually no top soil so Irish soil was brought from Belfast and Dublin as ballast on return trips, which the quarriers piled up within their walled garden. (Historic Scotland)

Easdale forms part of "the Slate Islands" along with Luing, Seil and Belnahua, noted from 1631 as suppliers of the finest slates. Urban growth ensured prosperity for Scottish slate's industry for much of the 19th century, although latterly suffering from competition from Welsh slate. (J.Butt)
Building Dates
Earlier 19th century

Category of Risk and Development History

Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Field Visits
17/09/2009, 18/10/2012
Development History
September 2009: External inspection finds the cottage a roofless shell, in a particuarly exposed coastal position.
18 October 2012: External inspection finds no significant change from the previous site visit. Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for alterations and extension were approved 2004 ref:04/00554/DET & 04/00553/LIB.
31 May 2017: A member of the public advises restoration work has commenced at the site. Moved to Restoration in Progress.

Guides to Development

Conservation Area
Easdale Island
Planning Authority Contact
PAC Telephone Number


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Appointed Agents
Occupancy Type
Present/Former Uses
Name of Owners
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Type of Ownership

Information Services

Additional Contacts/Information Source
The Industrial Archaeology of Scotland John Butt p 95-98 Buildings of Scotland Argyll and Bute (2005) Frank Arneil Walker p 245-6
Online Resources
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Date of Last Edit