Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Walls And Flotta
ND 30552 91473
330552, 991473


Probably early 19th century. Single and 2-storey; rectangular-plan house (formerly public house), comprising 2-storey, 3-bay main block with small single storey section at N end. Symmetrical design with regularly disposed openings and crowstepped gables. Rendered and pebble-dashed with inserted concrete cills to to windows. Older harl on W Elevation.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance (with replacement panelled timber door) to main block. Flanking windows to each floor and one above. Single storey section to right; entrance (with replacement panelled timber door) to left; window to right.

W ELEVATION: small near-central window to each floor to main block. Small single storey coursed rubble lean-to addition to left (window to front; entrance to left return). Single storey section to left; window to left.

S ELEVATION: window to left of each floor to gable end of main block.

N ELEVATION: blank gable end of single storey section projects. Blank gable end of main block set back.

Replacement 2-pane timber windows with top-hung upper casements. Stone slate roof to main block; concrete tiles to single storey section. Gablehead stacks with concrete coping to either side (N and S) of main block; one to single storey section; round cans.

INTERIOR: not inspected (2000).

Statement of Special Interest

Probably of early 19th century date, the building occupies a prominent waterfront site in North Ness. It was in use as an inn by the early 20th century (as is shown by a photograph in the NMRS). The single storey section is said to have been a later addition, built as a post office. It is not clear whether it is contemporary with the main block (possibly built as an office) or slightly later (although stylistically it appears to be identical).



First Edition County Series OS MAP (1881); Early 20th century PHOTOGRAPH, National Monuments Record of Scotland, Photographic Archives.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

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