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Pierowall Harbour, Gill Pier

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 59.3236 / 59°19'24"N

Longitude: -2.9742 / 2°58'27"W

OS Eastings: 344653

OS Northings: 1048981

OS Grid: HY446489

Mapcode National: GBR M402.XZB

Mapcode Global: XH8K8.KXR8

Entry Name: Pierowall Harbour, Gill Pier

Listing Date: 30 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395425

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48001

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Orkney

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Pierowall

Description

18th-19th century. Linear pier; vertically set flagstones to sloping lower portion of pier to E; horizontally laid flagstones above and to end of pier. Metal cladding to most southern point of pier. Concrete clad to W side of pier. Wall built up to E. Steps built into W wall of pier provide access to vessels. Slip to W of pier; flagstone slip; concrete surface. Smaller slip extends E-wards from N point of slip.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Pierowall, Gill Point, Storehouse. Buildings situated on Gill Pier and the later 20th century, L-plan pier to left of Gill Pier are not included in the statutory list. The pier was probably extended southwards in 19th century, and again in early 20th century. Pierowall harbour also served as in important sea plane base during the First World War. The pier and harbour helped provide a safe mooring for aircraft within the sheltered bay.

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