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Mystery coastline

We got this photo print from the Mart earlier on this year - does anyone know who the lady is, or where the picture was taken? I think it looks Edwardian, but is very mysterious! Does anyone recognise the coastline?

Thanks! Antonia

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Picture added on 09 October 2013 at 20:10
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Mystery places or things or people
I don't recognize it at all but it looks like it could have been used to quarry flagstones at one time.
Just a thought.
Added by PRICE SINCLAIR on 13 October 2013
This is the north coast of Birsay
Added by Owen Robertson on 14 October 2013
This picture was taken below the Northside in Birsay looking eastwards towards Crustan and the Burnmouth of Swannay. The date would be about right or maybe before WW1. It is interesting as the photo shows a quarry with a road up to the top of the shore. This was a source of good building stone for houses in the vicinity. Very little of the road can be seen today, having suffered badly from costal erosion. As to the identity of the lady I would guess she was a visitor as not many females in the Northside at that time would have dressed so fine and worn a hat!

Added by Tommy Matches on 17 October 2013
Thanks for the comments! We went out to have a look on Saturday and found the exact spot, just where you said it would be, just below the Northside. It doesn't look very different at all. Thanks again!
Added by Antonia Thomas on 04 November 2013
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