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Pier, St Mary's

A Category B Listed Building in East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 58.8959 / 58°53'45"N

Longitude: -2.9118 / 2°54'42"W

OS Eastings: 347557

OS Northings: 1001310

OS Grid: HY475013

Mapcode National: GBR M556.W9J

Mapcode Global: WH7CK.7NPP

Plus Code: 9CCVV3WQ+97

Entry Name: Pier, St Mary's

Listing Name: St Mary's Village, the Pier

Listing Date: 16 September 1999

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393682

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46389

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Holm

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray

Parish: Holm

Traditional County: Orkney

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1877, extended later. Long, low rectangular rubble pier, extended E at seaward end; chamfered concrete blocking course along E side; low, harled wall along W side with battered base; cemented surface; cemented slipway to E.

Statement of Interest

Constructed to meet the needs of the ever-growing herring fishing industry which had begun to peak circa 1829. By 1877, after many petitions for financial assistance, St Mary's finally obtained its deep-water pier where the herring catches could be landed. The booming trade, with accompanying increases in associated workers, was abruptly halted in 1914 when block ships were sunk across the fairway and Holmsound to protect the Grand Fleet in Scapa Flow from underwater German attack. Consequently, St Mary's lost its link to the North Sea fishing grounds and their associated wealth.

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