Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Papa Westray
HY 49218 52613
349218, 1052613


Mid to later 19th century. Single storey; rectangular-plan cottage with attached outbuildings and well preserved interior with box beds. Rubble construction.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: cottage to right. Entrance with boarded timber door to right of centre. Flanking windows. 2 small outbuildings adjoin to left. Entrance with boarded timber door to that to right. That to left rendered and stepped up at slightly higher level.

N ELEVATION: blank. Outbuilding to outer right stepped up at slightly higher level. Remains of side wall of earlier range adjoins to right.

E ELEVATION: small window to right of gable end.

W ELEVATION: large inserted 2-leaf timber door occupies width of gable end (formerly no end wall here but part of earlier range since demolished); corrugated asbestos to gable.

4-pane timber fixed casement windows. Flagstone roof to cottage. Outbuildings re-roofed in corrugated asbestos. Ridge/gablehead stacks with narrow band courses to either side (E and W) of cottage; one round can remaining.

INTERIOR: intact with baffle entry plan with timber partitions and box beds. Open to roof lined with timber sarking. Boarded timber doors. Stone flagged floor. Plain timber fireplace surround with mantel shelf to room to left of entrance (ben). Plain stone lintel to fireplace to room to right of entrance (but); cast-iron range.

Statement of Special Interest

A traditional Orcadian cottage of mid to later 19th century date. It is particularly notable for its intact interior retaining box beds and timber partitioning (these were a 19th century development). The remains of an earlier croft (to which this would have been added as improved domestic quarters) can be seen in alignment to the W.



1st Edition County Series OS MAP (1881).

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 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.

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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