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Preston Tower: June 2023 Update

Last month the scaffolding surrounding the Tower came down. This scaffold allowed the contractors and specialists to closely examine the stonework and make necessary repairs. The walls have been cleaned of vegetation, pollution deposits and, where possible, cement mortar from past repairs.

Meeting of the Friends of Preston Tower - photo credit DJ Johnston-Smith

Traditional construction techniques and materials have been used and as much of the existing stonework as possible has been kept. Appropriate new stone was chosen for each part of the tower, fitting with the overall aesthetic. These were decorated and carved where necessary to match but are intended to be clearly seen as a new repair.

New galvanised metalwork has been installed to all external openings where required. The tower has been made watertight with a new mastic asphalt finish on the second floor which forms the roof to the main hall.

The new external staircase to access the main hall on the first floor will be installed as soon as Historic Environment Scotland have granted permission. Lighting and interpretation will enhance the experience when the tower is finally reopened to the public. This will complete the project which has also included the doocot and wall repairs and new path, seating and interpretation in the gardens.

Please follow this link to access a virtual flythrough inside the 3d model of the tower as it was in May 2022. Preston Tower Flythrough.

Friends of Preston Tower A new group is being formed in Prestonpans to look after and promote the Tower. If you are interested, follow this link ‘Friends of Prestonpans Tower’ to find them on Facebook for details of the next meeting or ask at the Pennypit Centre.

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