MHG10160 - Helmsdale
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Type and Period (1)
- SETTLEMENT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
- None recorded
ND01NW 66 02 15
The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900, p. 23, 24, 238, 240) - Sinclair B Calder, 1974
J Aitken : 19/2/2004
Helmsdale. Large planned village laid out by the Countess of Sutherland in 1818 as a centre for the fishing industry, the mouth of the River Helmsdale providing a natural harbour. On visiting her creation in 1820 the Countess wrote with the pride and exaggeration of a parent that it contained '..about six Herring establishments, each with their Cooperages, so large so well built, & so full of people both men & women packing the casks of fish, that it looked more like a part of Liverpool than anything else, so handsome are the buildings & so great the bustle.'
Helmsdale continued to develop through the 19th century, but the fishing industry declined after the First Worls War and the village is now primarily a local shopping and toursi centre.
J Gifford 1992.
- --- SHG11434 Image/Photograph(s): Helmsdale Village.. Colour Slide. .
- --- SHG2247 Text/Publication/Monograph: Gifford, J. 1992. Highland and Islands. The Buildings of Scotland. Paper (Original). 584.
- --- SHG364 Text/Manuscript: Calder, Sinclair B.. 1974. The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland: A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900. The University of Strathclyde.
|Grid reference||Centred ND 0200 1500 (160m by 160m) (Buffered by site type)|
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External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/7485 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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