Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Cross And Burness
HY 66800 45282
366800, 1045282


18th to 19th century. 2-storey, rectangular-plan former water mill sited to W of Scar House with former forestair to 1st floor entrance to S elevation, built on ground falling to N. Some harl-pointing to roughly coursed rubble.

N ELEVATION: large, square-headed entrance, offset to right of centre at ground; small boarded grain loft entrance, set close under eaves, above. Small entrance at ground to right of centre.

S ELEVATION: former forestair to deep-set boarded door, set close under eaves, offset to left of centre. Window at 1st floor to outer left. Opening (boarded), set close under eaves, to right of centre.

E (GABLED) ELEVATION: round-arched entrance at ground; grain store door (boarded) to gablehead above.


Traditional graded stone tiled roof; stone ridge.

INTERIOR: not fully seen, 1998.

Statement of Special Interest

A relatively intact water mill perhaps acting secondarily to the steam-powered mill integral in the Scar House farm complex. The wheel is no longer evident, although the round-arched entrance to the E, along with the traditional stone tiles remain. Hume notes that the mill once had a revolving kiln vent, now missing.



1st edition Ordnance Survey map, (1881), evident; J Hume, THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND, VOL II, (1979), p 249.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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