Tragedies

Island communities were only too familiar with loss of life at sea, not least fishermen. North Walls and Brims were no exception. In many cases more than one person was drowned, sometimes from the same family group; the death of the breadwinner made the consequences even worse. The loss of the Longhope Lifeboat with the  |  more…

The Crockness Martello Tower

The Martello Tower at Crockness in North Walls, Hoy, Orkney bears witness to the strategic importance of the island and of Scapa Flow in several wars. It stands on the shore just around from the Ruff of Crockness, near to Towerhouse, the farm name undoubtedly deriving from the monument. Why was it built? The tower  |  more…

Schools and teachers – North Walls and Brims, Orkney

I’ve added a few new pages to my one-place study. They are: The General Assembly School – opened 1867, still standing. Includes a list of local people who attended meetings about building this new school. List of schoolmasters and teachers – more names needed. Can you help fill in the gaps? School photos from the  |  more…

“Splendid new school for North Walls”

The school opened on 25 August 1932, with the usual attendance of notables including Dr Hugh Marwick, Executive Officer (aka Director of Education for Orkney), and John Learmonth, Rector of Stromness Academy, a former pupil of North Walls.1The Orkney Herald, 31 July 1932, p 4 column f. British Newspaper Archive per https://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 15  |  more…

Women’s work – North Walls & Brims, 1911 census

Here I’m looking at women’s work for those aged 15 and over; an earlier post looked at employment overall in North Walls and Brims, Orkney.1School leaving age was 14 in 1911 and both female 14 year olds were described as ‘scholars’. Of 203 females in North Walls and Brims, 145 were aged 15 and over,  |  more…