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    Posted: 11 July 2019 at 17:00
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Lerwick is the most northerly town in Great Britain and the only town in the Shetland Islands. Its population of around 7500 comprises about a third of the island inhabitants.

Evidence of human settlement in the Lerwick area dates back 3,000 years, centred on the Broch of Clickimin, which was constructed in the first century BC. The first settlement to be known as Lerwick was founded in the 17th century as a herring and white fish seaport to trade with the Dutch fishing fleet. This settlement was on the mainland (west) side of Bressay Sound, a natural harbour with south and north entrances between the Shetland mainland and the island of Bressay. Its collection of wooden huts was burned to the ground twice: once in the 17th century by the residents of Scalloway on the western side of Mainland, then the capital of Shetland, who disapproved of the immoral and drunken activities of the assembled fishermen and sailors, and again in 1702 by the French fleet. Rebuilding must have occurred rapidly as Lerwick became capital of the Shetland Islands in 1708, taking over the function from Scalloway.

Lerwick lies 211 miles (340 km) north-northeast of Aberdeen, 222 miles (357 km) west of Bergen in Norway and 228 miles (367 km) south east of Tˇrshavn in the Faroe Islands.

1. The Broch of Clickimin, conveniently located close to the large Tesco supermarket.


2. Boats are everywhere, even finding employment as roofs.


3. Town and harbour


4. Most of the houses by the harbour date from the 18th century.


5. Town beach


6. Commercial Street


7. Doorway


8. Tern looking out for fish


9. Seal in the harbour


10. And showing its teeth


11. The Viking bus station, probably not constructed by Vikings.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2019 at 22:40
Thank you, Alan, for posting these beautiful images of Lerwick - #2, #4, #5 and #6 are my favorites. They give a good feeling what it is like to live at this northernmost town in the UK.

The funny thing is - I recognized (and I have never been there) #4 immediately! By coincidence an episode of the crime show "Shetland" aired a couple of days ago here on TV in Germany - and, I am pretty sure, it showed the building in #4.

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Alan,
This looks like a lovely place to visit in the sunshine, but I can imagine it would be pretty bleak in the horizontal rain and sleet of winter.
Some lovely images of which I am particularly taken by ##2, 4 and 9.
Thanks for sharing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 08:36
TY Alan! for taking us along and for the narrative as well.
hope you 2 had a great holiday! and hoping you'll treat us to more?
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Thanks Ine, I've posted more from this trip here and here, part 3 coming up soon!
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