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 68225 44265
368225, 1044265


Late 18th century with later alterations and additions. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, symmetrical T-plan, crowstepped-gabled house with single storey, lean-to entrance porch to principal (E) elevation and similar porch to SW internal angle at rear. Harl-pointed random rubble with painted cement margins to E. Ancillary buildings forming small courtyard to rear (W) of main farmhouse; rectangular-plan gabled threshing barn to W, disposed N/S with single storey link to main house and single storey, 3-bay store at right angles to W; rectangular-plan store/barn disposed E/W to N with further lean-to shed to W end. Harl-pointed random rubble. Rubble wall enclosing large rectangular-plan garden to S; rectangular-plan, lean-to shed to SW angle.

FARMHOUSE: E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: boarded door with window in each bay flanking to 3-bay lean-to porch at ground in bay to centre; window in each return; window at 1st floor above. Window at each floor in each bay flanking.

S (SIDE) ELEVATION: window at 1st floor and attic, offset to right, in gabled bay to left; gablehead stack above; window at ground and 1st floor in bay set back to right.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: window at each floor, offset to left, in gabled bay to right; gablehead stack above. Window at ground in bay set back to left.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey link to barn at ground to advanced bay to centre; attic window, offset to left above; gablehead stack. Modern, part-glazed timber panelled door with window flanking to left in lean-to porch at ground in bay to left. Blank bay to right.

Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows; small rooflights. Traditional graded stone tiled roof; replaced stone tiled roof to entrance porch; corrugated-iron roof to rear porch; stone ridges and skews; corniced rubble gablehead stacks to N, S and W; cast-ion and uPVC rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1998.

ANCILLARY BUILDINGS: later 19th to earlier 20th century. Corrugated-iron, asbestos and fish-scale tiled roofs; stone skews; boarded doors; timber-framed windows. INTERIORS: timber threshing machinery extant in threshing barn. Unseen elsewhere.

Statement of Special Interest

Described in the New Statisti', and 'occupied by the Reverend Walter Traill of Westove'. The wide gap between first floor windows and eaves is typical of laird's and merchant's houses in the Northern Isles, often found in the elegant town houses of Kirkwall, Stromness and Lerwick. It retains its crowstepped gables and traditional stone tiled roof, and remains relatively unchanged in plan form.



1st edition Ordnance Survey map, (1881), evident NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, VOL XV (1845), p 91.

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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