Wick: Wikis


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Wick may refer to:

  • Candle wick, the cord used in a candle or oil lamp
    • As a verb, to wick is to transport moisture due to capillary action as in a candle
  • Solder wick, a copper braided wire used to desolder electronic contacts
  • Wick (hieroglyph), an alphabetic uniliteral sign of ancient Egypt
  • WICK, the call letters of an AM broadcasting station located in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • An aircraft static discharger (termed a "wick")
  • All or part of numerous placenames
  • From the placename usage, a surname

Origins in placenames[1]

Wick (or -wich) is commonly a placename, or a prefix or suffix of one, generally in the United Kingdom although it has been exported to the other nations of the Anglosphere. In this usage, it has three separate main derivations:

  1. from the Roman vicus meaning 'vicinity', usually at the start of a name, as in Wickham.
  2. an anglicised version of the Scandinavian Vik, meaning 'cove' or 'inlet', especially where there has been a significant Norse connection (e.g. Berwick, Alnwick, Barnoldswick).
  3. Old English meaning 'farm' (wic) as in Chiswick or Prestwick, and 'trading place', as in Norwich.



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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Wick is a village in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

WICK, a royal, municipal and police burgh, seaport and county town of Caithness, Scotland. Pop. (1901) 7911. It is situated at the head of Wick Bay, on the North Sea, 327 m. N. of Edinburgh, by the North British and Highland railways. It consists of the old burgh and Louisburgh, its continuation, on the north bank of the river Wick, and of Pulteneytown, the chief seat of commerce and trade, on the south side. Pulteneytown, laid out in 1805 by the British Fishery Society, is built on a regular plan; and Wick proper consists chiefly of the narrow and irregular High Street, with Bridge Street, more regularly built, which contains the town hall and the county buildings. In Pulteneytown there are an academy, a chamber of commerce, a naval reserve station and a fish exchange. Among other buildings are the free libraries, the Rhind Charitable Institution and the combination hospital. The port consists of two harbours of fair size, but the entrance is dangerous in stormy weather. The chief exports are fish, cattle and agricultural produce, and the imports include coal, wood and provisions. Steamers from Leith and Aberdeen run twice a week and there is also weekly communication with Stromness, Kirkwall and Lerwick. It is to its fisheries that the town owes its prosperity. For many years it was the chief seat of the herring fishing on the east coast, but its insufficient harbour accommodation has hampered its progress, and both Peterhead and Fraserburgh surpass it as fishing ports. Women undertake the cleaning and curing, and the work attracts them from all parts. So expert are they that on the occasion of a heavy catch they are sent as far even as Yarmouth to direct and assist the local hands. Shipbuilding has now been discontinued, but boat-building and net-making are extensively carried on. There are also cooperage, the manufacture of fish-guano and fish products, flour mills, steam saw mills, a ropery and a woollen manufactory, a brewery and a distillery. The town, with Cromarty, Dingwall, Dornoch, Kirkwall and Tain, forms the Wick group of parliamentary burghs. Wick (Vik or "bay") is mentioned as early as 1140. It was constituted a royal burgh by James VI. in 1589, its superior being then George Sinclair, 5th earl of Caithness. By a parliamentary bounty in 1768 some impetus was given to the herring-fishery, but its real importance dates from the construction of a harbour in 1808.

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