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Bank Row, the Black Stairs

A Category C Listed Building in Wick, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.4393 / 58°26'21"N

Longitude: -3.0871 / 3°5'13"W

OS Eastings: 336630

OS Northings: 950625

OS Grid: ND366506

Mapcode National: GBR L6RF.6JH

Mapcode Global: WH6DN.K45P

Entry Name: Bank Row, the Black Stairs

Listing Date: 5 February 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395810

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48390

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Wick

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

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Description

Thomas Telford and James Bremner, circa 1820. Broad, steep flight of steps. Long, Caithness flagstone treads.

Statement of Interest

The A Group for Lower Pulteneytown comprises; 19-27 Bank Row (Wick Heritage Centre), The Round House, Harbour Place, Steven and Co storehouse, Harbour Quay, 6,7 Rose St, Old Fish Market, South Quay, storehouse, Telford Street, 2 Williamson Street.

The Group listing is in recognition of the exceptional group value of these buildings as the core of Thomas Telford's 1809 scheme for the new town plan of Pulteneytown for the British Fisheries Society. For further information see separate listing for the Round House, Harbour Place. A Group for Lower Pulteneytown comprising:

The Black Stairs were part of Telford's original plan for Pulteneytown linking the residential area above the bank, via Lower Dunbar Street, to the harbour below. The steps were, however, not begun until the 1820s. Their name The Black Stairs appears to be a local, popular one as it does not feature in Telford's plan, unlike the streets which remain named after BFS Directors.

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