Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Papa Westray
HY 48752 51478
348752, 1051478


Probably early-mid 18th century. Rectangular-plan lectern dovecot; formerly with crowstepped gables (top courses of walls partially missing). Harled coursed rubble. Rat ledge below eaves to lower height S elevation; continued at slightly higher level to remaining elevations. 2 square flight holes above ledge to E side. Entrance to E side. Nesting ledges inside; remains of some brick divisions (for nesting boxes). Roof missing.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Holland House, Walled Garden, Pair of Storehouses/Bothies, Windmill Stump and Store and Holland Farm. One of the earlier remaining structures of the Holland estate. The estate was bought by Thomas Traill, a soldier and member of what became a large landholding family in the Orkneys in 1637. It remained in the possession of the Traill family (apart from a gap between 1886 and 1928) until 1952. The main block of Holland House (see separate list description) was constructed between 1810-14 and the majority of the farm buildings (see separate list descriptions) are of 19th century date; however both retain some earlier structures.



First Edition County Series OS MAP (1881); Jocelyn Rendall, PAPAY, A GUIDE TO PLACES OF INTEREST (1992, 2nd Edition 1996) pp21-29; John Gifford, THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (in the 'Buildings of Scotland' series, 1992) p349.

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.

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