Leverburgh

Leverburgh

Infobox UK place
official_name= Leverburgh
gaelic_name= An t-Ob
latitude= 57.76
longitude= -7.02
country= Scotland
os_grid_reference= NG015862
post_town= ISLE OF HARRIS
postcode_area= HS
postcode_district= HS3
dial_code= 01851
constituency_westminster= Na h-Eileanan an Iar
unitary_scotland= Na h-Eileanan Siar
lieutenancy_scotland= Western Isles
constituency_scottish_parliament= Western Isles

Leverburgh (Scottish Gaelic: "An t-Ob") is the second largest village ( [http://www.leverburgh.co.uk/ see village website] ), after Tarbert, on the island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

The village was renamed in English after the soap tycoon Lord Leverhulme who in 1920 redeveloped the village into a fish processing centre which was to have supplied a network of 400 fish shops across the UK called MacFisheries. After his death in 1925, the enterprise was halted and the workforce laid off. The old name simply derives from a Norse word for a bay.

Lord Leverhulme had also planned to implement a train line on the island. This plan was abandoned due to the high cost of implementing the idea.

There is a ferry service between Leverburgh and Berneray which links the islands of Harris and North Uist (which is linked to Berneray by causeway).

The Post Office serving the village was established in 1873 and had its name changed from Obbe to Leverburgh in December 1920.

The nearby area is known for its beautiful beaches, especially along the west coast road.

External links

* [http://www.leverburgh.co.uk/ Leverburgh website]


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