Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
HY 47723 1336
347723, 1001336


1608. 2-storey and attic, 4-bay rectangular-plan, near-symmetrical storehouse/granary, with crowstepped gables to steeply pitched roof and forestair to W gable, sited by the shore. Harl-pointed random rubble with squared rubble dressings. Long and short margins to openings; long and short quoins.

S (SHORESIDE) ELEVATION: window at ground in bay offset to right of centre; window (blocked) at 1st floor above. Boarded door at ground in bay to outer right; window (blocked) at 1st floor above. Window at ground in bay offset to left of centre; boarded door at 1st floor above. Window at ground in bay to outer left; window (blocked) at 1st floor above.

N (ROADSIDE) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated 2-bay elevation. Window at each floor (blocked) in bay to centre.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: forestair from N elevation to boarded door, offset to right of centre; small window to gable above. Boarded door with letterbox fanlight at ground in bay to outer right.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: single bay, offset to left of centre. Window (blocked) at ground; window at 1st floor; small window to gable; gablehead stack above.

Most windows boarded; timber framed remainders. Grey slate to upper half of roof; graded Caithness stone tiles to lower half; stone ridge. Truncated squared rubble, corniced gablehead stack to E.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1997.

Statement of Special Interest

A well preserved 'girnel' (granary or storehouse) belonging to the Meil Estate, subsequently called the Graemeshall Estate. Its steeply pitched roof is a noteworthy anomaly to the other roof types in St Mary's village, and indicates an early date of construction.Also known as 'Auld Store'.



Appears on 1st edition OS map (1882); Kirkwall Archive, Miscellaneous Vol I/28 (1977); J Hume, THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND, VOL II, (1977) p 245; L Burgher, ORKNEY, AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991), p 33;

A Ritchie, ORKNEY (1996) p 28.

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