Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Walls And Flotta
ND 32211 88908
332211, 988908


Early 19th century, possibly incorporating earlier work. 2-storey, rectangular-plan former barn with tall square kiln attached to N; later porch addition to E. Converted to dwelling 1995. Exposed rubble flagstone.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: small square window to far left bay; porch to right; small square window in porch gable; door in right return. Small square window to right of porch; 1st floor window above. Door to right; small square window to far right bay. 5 slit openings at 1st floor. Kiln to far right; ground floor door to left; central small, square 1st floor window.

S ELEVATION: ground floor window to right; 2 small, square 1st floor windows.

W ELEVATION: 3 windows to right; door to left; window to far left. 5-bays. 6 slit openings at 1st floor. Small, square, central window to ground and 1st floor of kiln.

N ELEVATION: 1st floor window. Ground floor obscured by later farm range to N.

Ventilation slits retained and glazed. Replacement windows. Timber plank and glazed doors. 5 rooflights to E; 7 to W. Pitched, stone Caithness slate roof to barn; crowstepped gable and coped gable end stack to S. Pitched kiln roof raised above barn; crowstepped gables; Caithness slate roof.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Snelsetter Gatepier. This is a large barn and kiln, possibly incorporating material from the former Snelsetter House. Snelsetter (formerly House of Walls) was the seat of the Moodie family, until they moved to Melsetter House. The Moodies were the principal landowners in Hoy from the later 16th century until early 19th century. Snelsetter House no longer remains, however, it is thought to have been a fortified house. The names 'Snelsetten' and 'Snelster' are depicted on the J van Keulen and

J Wallace maps respectively. The 1881 OS map shows a circular feature, probably a horse mill, attached to the W elevation. Agricultural ranges to N and E are excluded from listing.



J van Keulen, NIEUWE PASKAART VAN DE ORCADES EYLANDEN, ?1695; J Wallace, THIS MAP OF THE ISLANDS OF ORKNEY..., 1700; Rev W Weir, NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, Vol XV, 1841, pp74-85; 1st Edition 25" OS Map (CXXIII.10), 1881.

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