HU4741 : Reform Lane, formerly Tait's Closs, Lerwick - (East)

taken 6 years ago, near to Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Reform Lane, formerly Tait's Closs, Lerwick - (East)
Reform Lane, formerly Tait's Closs, Lerwick - (East), taken 6 years ago
Reform Lane, named after the Great Reform Act of 1832 and was formerly called Tait's Closs.
(Note: There were later Reform Acts in 1867, 1872, 1884, 1885, 1918 and 1928 but as most of these Closses were renamed in 1845, the earliest act is almost certainly the one after which this lane was renamed.)
This eastern section of the lane runs roughly eastwards from Commercial Street through to Harrison Square and Irvine Place.
It is opposite the western section of the same lane HU4741 : Reform Lane, formerly Tait's Closs, Lerwick - (West)
Closses, Courts & Steps of Lerwick
There are many lanes running mostly westwards but also eastwards from Commercial Street in Lerwick. Many of these were formerly known as "Closses" e.g. Charlotte Street was formerly Garrison Closs.
Most of these closses were renamed in 1845 by the Police Commissioners and their former names that often represented the people who had developed the town were replaced by names reflecting current politics such as "Pitt", "Reform" and "Fox". Though once largely the slum area of the town, they now comprise the heart of old Lerwick.
Most of the alleys now show both their new and old names.
As well as "closses", there are a number of "courts" and "steps" too - the latter descriptive of the many flights of steps to be found in the town.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 January, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 4767 4132 [10m precision]
WGS84: 60:9.2155N 1:8.5913W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 4766 4132
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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