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WEST AITHLB18552

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
30/03/1994
Supplementary Information Updated
04/03/2019
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Parish
Sandwick
NGR
HY 24795 17728
Coordinates
324795, 1017728

Description

19th century. Single storey, long low crofting range comprising two three-bay cottages and adjoining barn/byre to west. Rubble-built. Gabled end walls.

Cottage to east: south (entrance) elevation: central gabled porch with door in east return and window in south gable. Porch flanked by windows. Window opening in east gable wall and north elevation. Flagstone roof with remnants of turf thatch.

Central cottage: south (entrance) elevation: central door flanked by single windows. Flagstone roof with turf thatch.

Four-pane glazing in sash and case windows. Broad gablehead chimneystacks to cottages.

Byre/Barn: two doors in south elevation. Replacement roof.

Statement of Special Interest

West Aith is an unaltered example of a traditional type of Orkney building.

The previous listed building record (written in 1994) describes the byre/barn as having the remains of a flagstone roof.

It is among a relatively small number of traditional buildings with a surviving thatched or turf roof found across Scotland. A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, published in 2016 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), found there were only around 200 buildings of this type remaining, most of which are found in small rural communities. Thatched buildings are often traditionally built, showing distinctive local and regional building methods and materials. Those that survive are important in helping us understand these traditional skills and an earlier way of life.

Listed building record revised in 2019 as part of the Thatched Buildings Listing Review 2017-19.

References

Bibliography

Canmore https://canmore.org.uk/ Canmore ID 182693.

Printed Sources

Burgher, L. (1991) Orkney - An Illustrated Architectural Guide, p.41.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Scotland (2016) A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland. London: SPAB. p.280.

Online Sources

Historic Environment Scotland (2018) Scotland's Thatched Buildings: Introductory Designations Report at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/publication/?publicationId=8b3d1317-5a56-4416-905b-a8e800bf4c3c

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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