MHG58826 - House - Burn Street, Wick


A terraced house, registered as a building at risk.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Site recorded from the 2013 RCAHMS download. <1>

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. <2>

See link below to the Building At Risk Register entry for photos of the building.

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

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred ND 3656 5082 (11m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND35SE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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