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 36718 93386
336718, 993386


Mid-late 19th century. Single storey, 4-bay former house, joining new Bow Farmhouse (excluded from List). Attached byre to E; adjacent barn to E. Sandstone and flagstone rubble.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: off-centre door; window to far right; 2 windows to left. Stone base for metal water tank to left of door. 2 doors to byre to right. Central door to adjacent hay barn.

W ELEVATION: attached to later house.

N ELEVATION: single window. Small outshot to left; window in right return. Barn attached to outshot; door in right return.

E ELEVATION: window in attached byre. Central window to barn; small square ventilation hole to right.

Timber boarded doors; glazed and timber house door. 4-pane timber sash and case windows to house. Pitched, stone Caithness slate roof to house and barn; Corrugated shed to byre, roof light. East gable stack to house.

INTERIOR: intact. Baffle entrance; corridor ahead. Door to left of entrance door leads into central bedroom with box bed. Door to left leads into room; 2 box beds. Fireplace in gable wall; flanking built in cupboards; timber panelled doors. Room to E; gable fireplace; cupboard to right. Door to W leads into extra bedroom; box bed. Timber mantelshelves remain to fireplaces; timber coved ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest

The Bow Farmhouse retains its internal lay out and its linear arrangement with adjacent farm buildings. This is the site of the former Bu of Flotta and is of historic interest. Flotta belonged to the Stewarts of Burray from the later 16th century to 1746 and The Bu was their seat on this island. A W range (now partially gone) is visible on the 1st Edition OS map. The attached 2-storey rendered farmhouse is excluded from listing.



1st Edition 25" OS Map (CXIX.16), 1881.

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.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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