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Historic Powder House now bomb-proof!

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The Powder House, Seahouses

The Powder House, Seahouses © Elaine Gray

A Grade II Listed building once used to store gunpowder has been restored to its former glory.

Set out on the rocks close to Seahouses Point, the Powder House was built in 1886 to store the gunpowder that was used in blasting for the construction of the Long Pier and the New Harbour.  Its isolated location on the rocks was for safety reasons, in the event of an accidental explosion.

Located in the Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Powder House is a small structure, built of sandstone with a distinctive barrel vaulted roof.  Do to exposure to the harsh elements, the pointing was failing, and the sandstone blocks around the entrance were eroding.

North Sunderland Harbour Commissioners decided to carry out the badly needed repair works. Northumberland County Council were able to support the project with a conservation grant covering 50% of the project costs.  The work was carried out by Beadnell based Len Smith Builders.

Cllr Geoffrey Stewart, Chair of Seahouses Parish Council, who originally sought protected status for the structure, said: “The Powder House has been neglected for many years and I’m delighted to say it is now looking as sturdy as it originally did.”

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