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East Lothian

High Street, Cockenzie
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

High Street, Cockenzie

A settlement of East Lothian on the south side of the Firth of Forth, Cockenzie lies between Prestonpans and Longniddry and a mile (2 km) west of Port Seton with which it now forms a burgh. The natural harbour of Cockenzie, which served the ancient Seatoun, was improved in 1830 as a coal and fishing port. A wagonway carrying coal from Tranent to Cockenzie, built in 1722, was during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 the first railway to be used in warfare. Fishing and mining continue in the locality whose sky-line is dominated by the 1200 megawatt coal-fired Cockenzie Power Station which opened in 1967.

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