Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
St Andrews And Deerness
HY 51590 8733
351590, 1008733


1756, raised 1793, enlarged and repaired, 1830. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay rectangular-plan, near-classical crowstep-gabled former manse with slightly advanced central bay. Single storey cottage abutting W gable to form L-plan. Harl-pointed roughly coursed rubble with concrete margins to openings. Single storey outbuilding to N.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: square-plan piended-roofed entrance porch with window (blocked) at ground in bay to centre; doorway in right return; window at each floor above; gablehead stack above. Window at ground in bay to right; tripartite window at 1st floor above. Window at ground in bay to left; window at 1st floor above.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: doorway at ground din bay to centre; tall stair window above. Window at ground in bay to left. Large, square-headed opening at ground in bay to right; piended-roofed attic doorway, breaking eaves above.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: doorway (blocked) at ground in bay to left. Window at 1st floor in bay to right; attic window to right of gablehead above.

Windows blocked or boarded. Graded stone tiled roof; stone ridge; remnants of cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: shell remains with evidence of floor divisions; timber tie beams at ceiling; fireplaces extant at each floor in E and W walls; evidence of low segmental-arched fireplace at ground to N wall.

COTTAGE FORMING W RANGE: 4-bay crowstep-gabled cottage, grouped 2-2 with lower 2-bay addition to left (N).

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: rectangular-plan flat-roofed glazed entrance porch/sun room spanning bay to centre; boarded door to right return. Window in bay to outer right. Small window in bay to left. Window in bay to outer left.

E (REAR) ELEVATION: evenly disposed window in each of 2 bays.

ANCILLARY BUILDING: single storey, 7-bay store sited to N of house.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: large, boarded sliding door in bay to centre. deep-set boarded door with window in each bay flanking in each 3-bay group flanking. Stone tiled roof; stone ridge; coped skews.

BOUNDARY WALL: coursed rubble wall with rubble cope to S of house, bordering road; small, square-plan, flat-roofed store with boarded door incorporated into wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly an impressive manse to the North Church, around 1km to the SW. Superseded by a new manse sited close to S.



N S A (1841) p 147, 179; G Low, A TOUR THROUGH THE ISLANDS OF ORKNEY AND SHETLAND (1879), p 57; appears on 1st edition OS map (1882); L Burgher, ORKNEY, AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991), p 31; J Gifford, HIGHLAND AND ISLANDS (1992), p 374; AHSS Spring Tour Guide Book (1994), D20.1, (P); DEAN OF GUILD, KIRKWALL, D31, 1/1/17; NMRS Photographic Records, O/773, O/774.

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