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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
Plus Code: 9CCRCWR4+69
Entry Name: Printing Works, 42 Union Street, Wick
Listing Name: 42 Union Street, (North of Scotland Newspapers)
Listing Date: 5 February 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395836
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48411
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness
Traditional County: Caithness
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.
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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