Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
HY 70337 38804
370337, 1038804


17th/18th and 19th century buildings comprising farm houses

and steading. Rubble, ashlar dressings, most roofs slated.

HOUSE is single storey and crow-stepped; said to date

from circa 1650, but it may be 18th century; whitewashed,

deepened on plan by addition to courtyard with main roof

continued and swept over addition; 3 wide bays with gabled

centre porch; end stacks, one heightened; wing to right

forms L-plan, and is 19th century in appearance. STEADING

essentially a long row, crow-stepped tall barn at end

dates probably from 18th century, large octagonal horsemill

adjoins; lower ranges, part with corrugated iron roof.

Statement of Special Interest

Report in Aberdeen Press and Journal 28.6.1988

states that Tresness was "built in 1650 by the Traill

family who went to Orkney with the brother of Mary Queen

of Scots"; it is said to occupy the site of a Viking

long house.



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