By Bernie Bell
We need to go into Kirkwall, for practicalities – a shoe needs mending, buttons for a cardi, seed tatties ( that time of year again). So, the plan was, to sacrifice a precious Saturday, go into town, do some shopping, look in at the Arcadia Park Open Day https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/03/28/the-arcadia-park-project-launch-weekend-6th-7th-april/ , then, if not too weary, go to visit friends. That was the plan, then, I checked the OAS Facebook page, https://en-gb.facebook.com/OrkneyArchaeologySociety/ to find that there have been new discoveries in Broad Street/ Castle Street, thanks to the ‘improvements’ taking place there. I’ll pinch a quote from the OAS post – I hope they don’t mind!
“Archaeologists overseeing contractors working on the alterations to Broad Street have uncovered a section of wall belonging to the old Kirkwall castle. The 14th… century castle was originally built by Lord Henry Sinclair after he was granted the Earldom of Orkney in 1379. The building was demolished in 1614 and most of the stone used in other building projects.”
Blimey, it really is the case, that you dig, and it’s there, whether pre-history or history.
This links in nicely with this piece –
Now, there isn’t just a plaque to commemorate the position of the castle, and it’s “last vestiges”………….
………there are actual remains of walls, right there, under the road.
I’ve now added that to my list for Saturday in Kirkwall – “Go and see bits of Castle”
What a place to live!