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Cullingsburgh

(Culbinsburgh, Culbinsgarth)
Shetland

An abandoned settlement on the southeast shore of the Voe of Cullingsburgh on the island of Bressay (Shetland), Cullingsburgh (once Culbinsburgh or Culbinsgarth) is located 3 miles (5 km) east northeast of Lerwick. The last people left the village at the end of the 19th century, but considerable evidence of habitation remains. On the shore are the ruins of a fishing booth, while nearby are the ruins of the 12th century St. Mary's Church which was abandoned in 1722. Its graveyard extended in 1899 and remained in use into the 21st century. A 9th-century Pictish cross-slab, known as the Bressay Stone, was found here in 1852 and is said to be one of the finest in Scotland. Although the original stone was taken to Edinburgh in 1864, a replica was installed in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. Other archaeological remains are represented by a very ruinous broch and a burnt mound.


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