HU4741 : Queens Lane formerly Nort Kirk Closs, Lerwick

taken 7 years ago, near to Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Queens Lane formerly Nort Kirk Closs, Lerwick
Queens Lane formerly Nort Kirk Closs, Lerwick
One of the wider former closses in Lerwick old town. "Nort Kirk" obviously translates as "North Church" - a little way to the east is HU4741 : Church Road formerly Soot Kirk Closs, Lerwick - its southern counterpart.
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)
Submitted
Thursday, 19 January, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 4776 4124 [10m precision]
WGS84: 60:9.1717N 1:8.4952W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 4776 4126
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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