HU4741 : Hangcliff formerly Steep Closs, Lerwick (1)

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

Hangcliff formerly Steep Closs, Lerwick (1)
Hangcliff formerly Steep Closs, Lerwick (1)
Hangcliff (formerly Steep Closs) runs parallel to HU4741 : Bank Lane, formerly Swallow Lane, Lerwick (1) from Irvine Place to Hillhead. The building seen on the right is the Bank of Scotland (latterly part of HBOS then Lloyds Group). See also HU4741 : Hangcliff formerly Steep Closs, Lerwick (2) and HU4741 : Hangcliff Lane formerly Steep Closs, Lerwick (Steps)
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 4765 4126 [10m precision]
WGS84: 60:9.1833N 1:8.6138W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 4767 4128
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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