12 May 05
Older Set Of Stairs Discovered Beneath Blackstairs
workmen rebuilding the Blackstairs have found another set of older steps
beneath the Blackstairs . The steps had been built over when the
Blackstairs were put in place. So this is not te first time the
steps have been modernised. The Blackstairs would have become abusy
place as Pulteneytonw and Wick grew into the Herring capital of the
country and the town fathers must have decided awider set of steps was
needed. Perhaps the steps about 5 feet wide were too congested and
they decided to use the slope and widen the steps to allow for the
increasing foot traffic from lower to upper Pulteneytown. It should
be remembered that the area had an increasing number of shops, businesses,
pubs and places for migrant workers in the fishing industry to live.
At least we can see that the Blackstairs have had more than one
Blackstairs Reconstruction Underway
reconstruction of the Blackstairs - part of the Pultenytown Heritage
Project is finally underway. More information about the Pulteneytown
Heritage project can be found on the
Pulteneytown web site.
Blackstairs To Be Rebuilt
The Blackstairs may be rebuilt to bring them back to the original standard
when they were first built. This will be part of the regeneration of
Lower Pulteney which is already under way in
Telford Street and
Street and will spread out to other parts of the area originally designed
by Thomas Telford. Over the years the stairs have deteriorated.
New stairs will be used where required. Drainage will be added at
the top and one extra stair added to make the flight of steps more even.
Using Caithness flagstone the stairs will be relinked to the harbour area
by means of a new pavement also in Caithness flagstone.