Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
HY 44726 49053
344726, 1049053


1888. 3-storey, 10-bay, rectangular-plan storehouse, former fish curing shed. Exposed flagstone walls. Slaister pointing remains in places and to rear. Alternate canted corner stones to quoins.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical elevation. 2 windows to left; door; 3 windows to right of door; door; 2 windows to right of 2nd door; window to far right. 10 1st floor windows; 10 2nd floor windows. Central date stone between 1st and 2nd floor, dated 1888. Round-headed doorways.

NE ELEVATION: later stone ramp leads up to large inserted 1st floor door. Central 2nd floor window. Modern lean-to building to left

SE ELEVATION: 2nd floor windows. Modern lean-to addition obscures ground and 1st floors.

SW ELEVATION: 1st floor window to left (truncated, possible former hoist door); central 2nd floor window.

Varied glazing; predominantly 6-pane timber windows. 2 sliding timber doors to principal elevation doorways; single large sliding timber door to NE. Pitched slate roof. Coped gable end stacks and ridge stacks; numerous circular clay cans.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Pierowall Harbour, Gill Pier. A large storehouse (former fish drying shed), remaining remarkably intact. Traditional, functional appearance, notable for its symmetrically placed windows. It continues to be used for storage. According to L Burgher, fish were salted in the store and in winter, hung on hooks to dry over movable braziers.



2nd Edition OS Map, 1976; J Hume, THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND, Vol II, 1977, p251; RCAHMS, MONUMENTS OF INDUSTRY, 1986, pp24-25; L Burgher, ORKNEY, 1991, p94; G Douglas, CLOSET, GILL PIER, WESTRAY, ORKNEY, SVBWG, Vol 15, 1991, p50.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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