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42 Union Street, (North of Scotland Newspapers)

A Category B Listed Building in Wick, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.4406 / 58°26'26"N

Longitude: -3.094 / 3°5'38"W

OS Eastings: 336228

OS Northings: 950775

OS Grid: ND362507

Mapcode National: GBR L6QF.3CH

Mapcode Global: WH6DN.F3WP

Entry Name: 42 Union Street, (North of Scotland Newspapers)

Listing Date: 5 February 2002

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395836

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48411

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Wick

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

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Description

Mid 19th century. Terrace of 3 linked, rectengular-plan, gabled buildings of various height, set into bank. N facing bowed end. Coursed Caithness stone slabs.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: single storey, 3-bay. Regular fenestration, door to left. Roof piended to left. W (REAR) ELEVATION: obscured by bank. N (SIDE) ELEVATION: abutting building. S (SIDE) ELEVATION: single window.

6-pane sash and case windows. Grey slates, lead flashing. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 3-storey, 6-bay printing offices. Tall coped wallhead stack to centre. Regular fenestration, door to 2nd bay to left. W (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey, 5-bay asymmetrical shop front. Bull-faced sandstone margins to openings. Broad recessed door to centre; large plate glass windows to bays to right and immediate left. Recessed door to left; canted window to outer left. Eaves course; castellated and corbelled parapet over door and canted outer left bay. SIDE ELEVATION: obscured by abutting buildings.

12-pane sash and case windows. Grey slates, lead flashing. Bull-faced coping to skews, gable end stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-storey, 4-bay. Long and short ashlar quoins to openings. Regular fenestration; door to centre right. W (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey, 4-bay. Regular fenestration, windows blocked except outer right window. N (SIDE) ELEVATION: bow-fronted, coped wallhead stack to centre. Regular fenestration, blocked on upper storey.

12-pane sash and case window to upper storey, fixed plate glass to ground. Grey slates. Lead flashing. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen 2001.

Statement of Interest

Home of the John O'Groats Journal and Caithness Courier, a wedge shaped building set back into the western end of the steep bank that separates Lower and Upper Pulteneytown. It is an interesting building, or buildings, for the different faces it presents. From Cliff Road the impression is of a single storey cottage converted into a shop or estate agents, whilst from Union Street the appearance is of a row of large store or warehouses. Whilst approaching from the Bridge of Wick one is presented with an elegant classical bow front.

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