Mossbank, Shetland

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The Village of Mossbank as seen from the air
Mossbank is located in Shetland
Location within Shetland
OS grid referenceHU448750
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtZE2
Dialling code01806
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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60°27′25″N 1°11′02″W / 60.457°N 1.184°W / 60.457; -1.184Coordinates: 60°27′25″N 1°11′02″W / 60.457°N 1.184°W / 60.457; -1.184

Mossbank is a village in the north east of the Mainland of Shetland, Scotland. Originally served by an inter island ferry steamer from Lerwick, this ceased when the Yell Sound ferry commenced from the small port of Toft, approximately 1 mile further north.[1] The village was profoundly changed in the early 1980s when construction began on the nearby Sullom Voe oil terminal. Large amounts of temporary accommodation were erected to house the construction workforce, with the population expanding from 130 in the early 1970s to about a thousand a decade later. The number of residents staying in Mossbank is forever changing, making it hard to record a village population.[1]

The village has one primary school, Mossbank Primary School, a public house, The Welcome Inn, a shop, a Post Office & a local hall, from where the Youth Club is run.

Mossbank and its adjoining area of Firth are in the parish of Delting. A stone memorial at the entrance to the village commemorates the infamous "Delting Disaster"[1] of 21 December 1900 when twenty two local fishermen in four boats were lost during a storm. An inscription on the memorial reads "You see dey wirna mine, Da Loard gae dem tae me fir a time and dan he took dem back ageen".[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Mossbank" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Delting Disaster" Shetlopedia. Retrieved 1 July 2009. The inscription is in the Shetland dialect and means "You see they were not mine, The Lord gave them to me for a time and then he took them back again."

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