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
Papa Westray
HY 48982 51539
348982, 1051539


Circa 1830. Rectangular-plan walled garden with central dividing wall running E/W along long axis. Coursed rubble. Entrances to N section; that to W side and that at E end of N side with timber gates; that to E side without lintel enlarged/possibly inserted. 2 entrances to central dividing wall; that to W without lintel/possibly inserted (wall at lower height here). Blocked opening at W end of S wall (S section). N wall (N section) slightly taller/part of boundary wall with raised section with curved sides at centre, forming possible heated wall incorporating 2 raised chimneys, possibly for heating adjacent lean-to greenhouse (replacement); entrance with part glazed timber door to right return. Small lean-to chamber for heating, to N side of wall (adjoining road); entrance with timber door to left return; boarded windows to front and right returns.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Holland House, pair of Storehouses/Bothies, Dovecot, Windmill Stump and Store and Holland Farm. A substantial intact walled garden. There is little evidence to suggest that the chimneys were operational and may only have been decorative. The Reverend Walter Traill refers to it in his description of 1841 in the New Statistical Account as having been erected about 8 or 10 years previously. The Holland estate was bought by Thomas Traill, a soldier and a member of what became a large landholding family in the Orkneys, in 1637. It remained in the possession of the Traill family (apart from a gap between 1886 and 1928) until 1952. Many of the buildings on the estate were constructed by George (VI of Holland) and his son, Thomas (VII of Holland) between the early and later 19th century. The main block of Holland House was constructed between 1810-14.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, VOL XV (1845) p118; 1st Edition County Series OS MAP (1881); Jocelyn Rendall, PAPAY, A GUIDE TO PLACES OF INTEREST (1992), 2nd Edition 1996) pp21-29; John Gifford, THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (in the 'Buildings of Scotland' series, 1992) p349; Additional information courtesy of Jocelyn Rendall.

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