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TITLE
Helmsdale
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_ADAMS_016
PLACENAME
Helmsdale
DISTRICT
Kildonan, Loth and Clyne
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Kildonan
PERIOD
1940s
CREATOR
Robert Moyes Adam
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31829
KEYWORDS
landscapes
hills
rivers
bridges
churches
graveyards
Helmsdale

The village of Helmsdale lies on the east coast of Sutherland where the Helmsdale River flows into the North Sea.

This photograph was taken from the west bank of the river looking inland towards Helmsdale Bridge. The graveyard near the site of St John the Baptist’s Chapel can be glimpsed in the distance whilst on the opposite side of the river, the United Free Church can clearly be seen.

Before the beginning of the 19th century there were only a few cottages and an inn here but a large village, planned by the Duchess of Sutherland, was built in 1818 to house tenants evicted to make way for large sheep farms.

The mouth of the River Helmsdale forms a natural harbour and the town thrived as a centre for herring fishing until World War I. Fishing has since declined and Helmsdale is now home to the excellent Timespan Museum as well being a centre for local shopping and tourism.


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Helmsdale

SUTHERLAND: Kildonan

1940s

landscapes; hills; rivers; bridges; churches; graveyards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries - Robert Moyes Adam

The village of Helmsdale lies on the east coast of Sutherland where the Helmsdale River flows into the North Sea. <br /> <br /> This photograph was taken from the west bank of the river looking inland towards Helmsdale Bridge. The graveyard near the site of St John the Baptist’s Chapel can be glimpsed in the distance whilst on the opposite side of the river, the United Free Church can clearly be seen. <br /> <br /> Before the beginning of the 19th century there were only a few cottages and an inn here but a large village, planned by the Duchess of Sutherland, was built in 1818 to house tenants evicted to make way for large sheep farms. <br /> <br /> The mouth of the River Helmsdale forms a natural harbour and the town thrived as a centre for herring fishing until World War I. Fishing has since declined and Helmsdale is now home to the excellent Timespan Museum as well being a centre for local shopping and tourism.<br /> <br /> <br />