Cockenzie and Port Seton

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Cockenzie and Port Seton
Scottish Gaelic: Cùil Choinnich
Scots: Cockennie
Cockenzie and Port Seton Millenium Garden.jpg
Cockenzie and Port Seton Millennium Garden
Council area East Lothian
Lieutenancy area East Lothian
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Prestonpans
Postcode district EH32
Dialling code 01875
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament East Lothian
Scottish Parliament East Lothian
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Cockenzie and Port Seton (Scots: Cockennie[1] [koˈkɪni]; Scottish Gaelic: Cùil Choinnich, meaning "cove of Kenneth")[2] is a unified town in East Lothian, Scotland. It is on the coast of the Firth of Forth, four miles north-east of Musselburgh. The burgh of Cockenzie was created in 1591 by James VI of Scotland. Port Seton harbour was built by George Seton, 11th Lord Seton between 1655 and 1665.

The town has a population of 4,493 as of 2001.[3] Since the last Census in 2001, there have been many new houses built. The population is now about 5,460. Cockenzie and Port Seton has continued to grow over the years and is now a dormitory town for Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

Power station[edit]

To the west of the town, between Cockenzie and Prestonpans is the site of Cockenzie power station, a large coal-fired power station which was a major employer from the 1960s until it closed in 2013, and enabled the town to survive and prosper.

Fishing[edit]

Port Seton Harbour

Cockenzie and Port Seton has grown from what were initially two small fishing villages. The older parts of the town, between the two harbours, retain a more traditional feel and look, similar to many other small fishing villages on the east coast of Scotland. Although the fishing industry has declined in recent years the harbour at Port Seton still retains a small fleet of vessels, mainly fishing for prawns. In the past Cockenzie was also involved in the salt making and coal mining industries.[4]

Tourism[edit]

To the east of Port Seton there is a large caravan campsite/holiday park at Seton Sands. The promenade area and the creation of a coastal walk, a part of the John Muir Way, have improved the environment in recent years.[5]

To the south east is Seton Collegiate Church, a collegiate church also known as Seton Chapel, an Ancient Monument in the care of Historic Scotland. Next to it was Seton Palace, now Seton House.

Transport[edit]

Cockenzie and Port Seton are served by direct bus links to and from Edinburgh, Prestonpans and Musselburgh, services operated by Lothian Buses (routes 26 and X26). The nearest railway station is at Prestonpans.

Churches[edit]

Cockenzie and Port Seton have several churches of different denominations, including:

Leisure[edit]

In 2006, Cockenzie and Port Seton along with the neighbouring towns of Prestonpans and Longniddry were twinned with the town of Barga, Tuscany, Italy.[6]

Five years ago, the Three Harbours Festival was inaugurated by Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans. It takes place in early June.

The town is also home to the popular and active Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club (CPSARC) which draws members from the local area and across the country.

The town also has a community centre which provides activities such as a youth club for children within the area as well as football pitches and a skatepark within the grounds.

Notable people[edit]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. ^ Cockenzie and Port Seton East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/content/0,1094,113,00.html
  3. ^ 2001 Census - Cockenzie and Port Seton(PDF). East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/documents/contentmanage/2001%20Census%20-%20Cockenzie%20and%20Port%20Seton-2364.PDF
  4. ^ Cockenzie and Port Seton. East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/content/0,1094,113,00.html
  5. ^ Cockenzie and Port Seton. East Lothian Council. Retrieved January 17, 2008, from:http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/content/0,1094,113,00.html
  6. ^ Prestonpans: Battles of the '45

Coordinates: 55°57′N 2°57′W / 55.950°N 2.950°W / 55.950; -2.950