Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
HY 25085 8869
325085, 1008869


Early 19th century with later alterations and additions. Single storey with attic 5-bay L-plan asymmetrical cottage former barn with conical grain-drying kiln at N end, abutting Quildon House at S end. Harl-pointed roughly course rubble; random rubble kiln.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: part-glazed modern boarded door at ground in bay to centre. Window set low in bay to left. Small window at ground in bay to outer right; flat-roofed window breaking eaves above. 8-step stone flight behind rubble wall to modern boarded door set high in bay to right of centre. Small window set high in bay to outer right. Kiln to NE angle.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay with kiln to outer left. Window in each bay.

Replacement 4- and 8-pane timber sash and case windows. Caithness slate; purple Welsh slate to dormer; cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1997.

Statement of Special Interest

Probably the remaining part of a long house, only the barn and the kiln survivng and since converted. The connecting house has probaby been re-built or raised to form something much more polite, (see separtate list description). The following ancecdote, found in the Dean of Guild records in Kirkwall, may relate either to Quildon Cottage or to Quildon House. A paper read by George Marwick in Stromness Town Hall concerning the activities of a local doctor, Dr Tallion, who died at Quildon. He was credited with curing a 'peculiar disease' suffered by a man in Stromness in 1780-90 who had felt something in his stomach. Dr Tallion told the man to lie by the burn at Cairston so that the 'paddow' (frog) which the doctor believed to be upsetting the man's stomach, could crawl out and quench its thirst. No reference is made as to the success of the procedure.



Appears on 1st edition OS map (1882); DEAN OF GUILD, KIRKWALL, D31/4/1/viii (1894); L Burgher, ORKNEY, AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991), p40.

About Listed Buildings

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