Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
Cross And Burness
HY 62955 37788
362955, 1037788


Possibly 18th century with later alterations and additions. Later, (earlier 19th century) 2-storey, 3-bay symmetrical, T-plan farmhouse with pitched-roofed entrance porch to principal (S) elevation and single storey gabled projection to rear. Single storey ancillary farm courtyard with entrance to SW, comprising byre ranges around rectangular yard; 1 1/2 storey barn/store terminating S range; 2-storey threshing barn, disposed at right angles, terminating W range. Harled farmhouse; roughly coursed drystone rubble to ancillary courtyard.

FARMHOUSE: SOUTH (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: window in gabled porch at ground in bay to centre; boarded door in right return; window at 1st floor above. Window at each floor in each bay remaining.

NORTH (REAR) ELEVATION: blank gabled elevation to central projection; gablehead stack above. 2 windows to lean-to projection to internal angle to left; window at 1st floor above; window at ground in bay to outer left; timber-panelled door in lean-to projection to internal angle to right.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: window, set to left, at each floor; gablehead stack above.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: window, set to left, at 1st floor; gablehead stack above.

uPVC windows with top-hung upper lights. Grey slate roof; purple slate to N projection; stone ridge; harled, corniced gablehead stacks; (no cornice to gablehead stack to N projection); uPVC rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1998.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: drystone wall with flagstone cope enclosing rectangular-plan garden to SW of house; taller W boundary with centred, boarded door; square-plan rubble gatepiers with sotne ball caps adjacent to house and to E.

FARM COURTYARD: N RANGE: S (COURTYARD) ELEVATION: 10-bay; regularly fenestrated with boarded door in bays 1, 3, 6 and 8.

E RANGE: W (COURTYARD) ELEVATION: 5-bay (formerly 6-bay), grouped 3-3. Blocked central door with windows flanking to group to left. Boarded door with window in each bay flanking in group to right. W ELEVATION: irregular, 5-bay with boarded doors in bays 1, 3 and 4; windows elsewhere.

S RANGE: N (COURTYARD) ELEVATION: blank single storey block to left; central boarded door with small window flanking to 1 1/2 storey barn to right. S ELEVATION: blank to single storey range to right. Forestair to boarded door to outer right. W (GABLED, BARN) ELEVATION: blocked window at ground with boarded door above.

W RANGE: E (COURTYARD) ELEVATION: 3-bay. Boarded door in each bay to single storey block to right. Boarded door at 1st floor in gabled elevation of threshing barn to left. THRESHING BARN: S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 6-bay with 2-bay, single storey addition set back to outer left. Single bay to main block set back to outer left. Window at ground in bays 1, 3 and 6. Variously sized boarded doors at ground and 1st floor remaining.

Timber framed windows; small rooflights to various pitches. Wide range of roofing materials including traditional, graded stone tiled roofs; some purple slate replacements; stone ridges; terracotta ridge ventilators along N and S ridges; cast-iron and uPVC rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: not seen, 1998.

Statement of Special Interest

The farmhouse may incorporate parts of Warsetter House. The lands were granted circa 1500 to Sir William Sinclair (died circa 1525), a grandson of the last Sinclair Earl of Orkney and remained in his family until acquired by John Balfour of Trenabie (Westray) in the earlier 18th century. The farm courtyard remains remarkably intact with largely original traditional stone tiled roofs; the threshing barn continues to house a threshing machine and the engine which drove it.



1st edition ordnance survey map, (1881), evident; RCAHMS, SCOTTISH FARM BUILDINGS SURVEY, VOL 2, ORKNEY (SANDAY), 1998, pp 26-27; A Goodfellow, SANDAY CHURCH HISTORY (1912), p 17; ORKNEY ARCHIVES, D8/N10.

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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