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…

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