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 49236 51519
349236, 1051519


Circa 1843. 2-storey; 3-bay; rectangular-plan main block with 2 single storey wings (outbuildings) to rear (W), forming overall U-plan. Symmetrical former Free Church manse. Harled with some ashlar dressings.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance with boarded timber door and rectangular fanlight with patterned glazing. Flanking windows to each floor and one above.

W ELEVATION: round-arched stair window to centre of main block. Blank gable ends of single storey wings project to either side. That to right projects further (extension) with short addition adjoining at right angles to right; 2 entrances (with boarded timber doors) to left return; that to right garage entrance. Entrance to right of right return to left wing.

N ELEVATION: window to each floor to right of main block. Single storey wing with boarded window adjoins to right; small window to left.

S ELEVATION: window to each floor to left of main block. Single storey wing adjoins to left; later water tank adjoins to right; 2 entrances (with boarded timber doors) to left; gable end of addition projects to outer left.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to main block; lying-pane glazing to stair window. Piended Welsh slate roof to main block; standard pitched Welsh slate roofs to single storey wings (part of that to S replaced in corrugated asbestos). W Elevation, single storey wing to right, gable faces S; crowstepped gable, flagstone roof. Pair of centrally situated ridge stacks with band courses to main block; one gablehead stack with band course to N single storey wing; round cans (missing to single storey wing).

INTERIOR: substantially unaltered, including plan. Large open-well staircase with cast-iron balustrade to centre. Doorcases with circular motifs at arrises to ground floor; 4-panel timber doors.

GARDEN WALLS TO S AND E: coursed rubble walls with rubble coping enclose rectangular-plan plots to S and E. Latter (front garden) with square-plan piers with pyramid coping at arrises and flanking entrance gateway to N side (replacement timber gate); inserted gateways to S and E sides.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with St Anne's Kirk (Church of Scotland). A substantial intact manse, built around 1843 together with the church. St Anne's was the first kirk in Scotland to be given to the Free Church by the local landowner (in the year of its establishment following the Disruption). This appears to have been the first manse on the island, which had formerly been served by the minister on the neighbouring island of Westray. It ceased to function as a manse in 1929 when St Anne's was absorbed into the Church of Scotland and ceased to maintain its own minister.



1st Edition County Series OS Map (1881); Alexander Fenton, THE NORTHERN ISLES: ORKNEY AND SHETLAND (1978) p348; Joceleyn Rendall, PAPAY - A GUIDE TO PLACES OF INTEREST (2nd Edition, 1996) pp36-37.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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