Mossbank, Shetland

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The Village of Mossbank as seen from the air
Mossbank is located in Shetland
Mossbank shown within Shetland
OS grid reference HU448750
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHETLAND
Postcode district ZE2
Dialling code 01806
Police Scottish
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Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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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, The North-Lea Autopoint, 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]

Mossbank is also the home to Mossbank football club. The club was formed in 2006 and its status is growing throughout the isles, especially after winning the Shetland Works League, and moving up into the B-League. Currently, the club play their home matches in Brae as there are no suitable playing surfaces in the Firth & Mossbank area.


  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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