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Wick, Burn Street, Dwelling ?

Terraced House (19th Century)

Site Name Wick, Burn Street, Dwelling ?

Classification Terraced House (19th Century)

Canmore ID 319099

Site Number ND35SE 376

NGR ND 36567 50825

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Wick
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Site Management (17 August 2012)

Two storey three bay building of random rubble construction with a corrugated iron roof. Upper floor windows retain sash and cash windowframes. Aerial photography from 2008 shows the building with chimney stacks intact.

Telford's plan of Pulteneytown village and harbour area 1807 for the British Fisheries Society, laid out plots along Harbour Quay for 21 curing houses. The street frontages had to be filled and could be used for a dwelling house with sheds to the side, but the buildings had to be used by fish curers, fishermen, or people employed by them. Lots were advertised for sale from 1808. (Caithness A Cultural Crossroad)

The street pattern along Harbour Quay is clearly established and documented on the 1832 Great Reform Act Plan. The 1872 Large Scale Scottish Town Plan for Wick, notes the yard to the rear as a Curing Yard. Building potential a former dwelling at the front of the plot with fire curing buildings to the rear. Wick grew rapidly during the 19th century to become the largest Herring Port in Europe.


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