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Storehouse, St Mary's

A Category B Listed Building in East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 58.8962 / 58°53'46"N

Longitude: -2.9089 / 2°54'32"W

OS Eastings: 347723

OS Northings: 1001336

OS Grid: HY477013

Mapcode National: GBR M556.XV5

Mapcode Global: WH7CK.9N1H

Plus Code: 9CCVV3WR+FC

Entry Name: Storehouse, St Mary's

Listing Name: St Mary's Village, the Corn Store

Listing Date: 16 September 1999

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 345620

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB12727

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200345620

Location: Holm

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray

Parish: Holm

Traditional County: Orkney

Tagged with: Granary

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1608. 2-storey and attic, 4-bay rectangular-plan, near-symmetrical storehouse/granary, with crowstepped gables to steeply pitched roof and forestair to W gable, sited by the shore. Harl-pointed random rubble with squared rubble dressings. Long and short margins to openings; long and short quoins.

S (SHORESIDE) ELEVATION: window at ground in bay offset to right of centre; window (blocked) at 1st floor above. Boarded door at ground in bay to outer right; window (blocked) at 1st floor above. Window at ground in bay offset to left of centre; boarded door at 1st floor above. Window at ground in bay to outer left; window (blocked) at 1st floor above.

N (ROADSIDE) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated 2-bay elevation. Window at each floor (blocked) in bay to centre.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: forestair from N elevation to boarded door, offset to right of centre; small window to gable above. Boarded door with letterbox fanlight at ground in bay to outer right.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: single bay, offset to left of centre. Window (blocked) at ground; window at 1st floor; small window to gable; gablehead stack above.

Most windows boarded; timber framed remainders. Grey slate to upper half of roof; graded Caithness stone tiles to lower half; stone ridge. Truncated squared rubble, corniced gablehead stack to E.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1997.

Statement of Interest

A well preserved 'girnel' (granary or storehouse) belonging to the Meil Estate, subsequently called the Graemeshall Estate. Its steeply pitched roof is a noteworthy anomaly to the other roof types in St Mary's village, and indicates an early date of construction.Also known as 'Auld Store'.

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