MHG58821 - Fish Curing Plant - Warehouse, Burn Stret, Wick


A former fish cuirng plant, registered as at risk of the Buildings At Risk Register.

Type and Period (1)

  • CURING HOUSE (19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Site recorded from the 2013 RCAHMS download. <1>

Three storey building of five bays, random rubble construction, slate roof. Originally formed part of a herring curing yard, one of three contained within the urban block formed along Harbour Quay, Burn Street, Telford Street and Williamson Street.
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, notates the yard to the rear as a Curing Yard. Wick grew rapidly during the 19th century to become the largest herring port in Europe. <3>

GIS spatial data created 2018 based on OS Master Map. <3>

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Grid reference Centred ND 3658 5081 (19m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND35SE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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