Wick Off The Beaten Path

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    Small oddities around the train station

    by Airpunk Updated Jan 22, 2011
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    There are a couple of small details around the train station in Wick. They are nothing to travel miles for, but can be interesting to some curious person waiting for a train or bus. Interestingly, all are from around 1900.
    Let's begin with the station building itself that looks pretty simple, but shows the one or other neogothic detail. Note also the postbox with the Royal Cypher of King George V. Typical for him, his royal cypher does not include the Roman number ā€œVā€ for fifth.
    A little down Station Road a statue of former medical advisor John Alexander (1839-1901) faces the hospital. A little further down, there is a path leading to the banks of Wick river. The small park there looked a little dark in October, but may be more inviting in summertime. An Edwardian fountain from 1906 was refurbished in 2005.
    If you chose to continue down the road instead of going to the park, you will find a stone with the name of "distinguished visitors" to Wick for the time from 1850 to 1923. This includes members of the royal family (including later King Edward VII), British Prime Ministers and a US President.

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    Small oddities around Wick Harbour/Pulteneytown

    by Airpunk Written Jan 17, 2011
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    At Wick Harbour, there were two small things which I just wanted to mention. At Harbour Terrace, you will find a house where Robert Louis Stevenson (the author of Treasure Island) lived for a short time in autumn of 1868. The house is not well preserved, but at least no derelict as many other comparable buildings in this part of Wick.
    Just around the corner at harbour road, you will see seven boat storage houses which look more like garages carved into a rock. They are now largely unused, but were decorated with seven gates designed by children and manufactured by Ian Sinclair (a local blacksmith) in 2006. Maybe one day life returns into these boat garages.

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