HU4741 : Sign in Lerwick

near to Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Sign in Lerwick
Sign in Lerwick
Many of the narrow lanes and closses in Lerwick were renamed in the 19th century, in this case to commemorate former Prime Minister William Pitt. Most of the renamed lanes have their former name on the sign, as the changes were unpopular. Leask's Closs was named after Whalsay sea captain Thomas Leask who bought several of the buildings here in 1819. Before that it was known as Mowbray's Closs, after an Orcadian Thomas Mowbray who lived in the lane in at least 1716. Reluctance to change is not a new concept: Lerwegians still referred to Mowbray's Closs as late as 1847, two years after it had been renamed from Leask's Closs to Pitt Lane. Information from shetlopedia.com.
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