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Lower Square Courtyard Buildings, Lighthouse Shore Establishment, Hynish, Tiree

A Category A Listed Building in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.4489 / 56°26'55"N

Longitude: -6.8942 / 6°53'38"W

OS Eastings: 98541

OS Northings: 739266

OS Grid: NL985392

Mapcode National: GBR 9CCN.WJG

Mapcode Global: WGXB9.25BK

Plus Code: 9C8MC4X4+G8

Entry Name: Lower Square Courtyard Buildings, Lighthouse Shore Establishment, Hynish, Tiree

Listing Name: Hynish, Harbour and Lighthouse Establishment, Including Signal Tower, Housing, Sheds/Stores, Dam and Walled Enclosures

Listing Date: 20 July 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351819

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17848

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tiree

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Parish: Tiree

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Alan Stevenson, built mainly 1837-40, for the construction and servicing/maintenance of Skerryvore Lighthouse.

Buildings constructed mainly of large masonry blocks, roofrs either flat or slated. Principal elements - as named in Stevenson's own published plan of 1848 (reproduced in Inventory) - are;

HARBOUR: all built of rock-faced ashlar; DOCK: with guiding rails of original locking gate (latter now gone), also hand operated derrick.

PIER: extends from west side.

SEAMEN'S BARRACKS: (originally worker's housing, now privately owned); a 2-storey row, stepped to slope, deep on plan; gabled and slated, lower courtyard buildings to rear.

KEEPER'S HOUSES (Upper Square): distinctive and solid looking, like other lighthouse keeper's housing by Stevenson, and with Egyptianised detail; single storey, flat roofed, ashlar faced, massive doorways, rank of stacks at wallhead, small walled gardens.

SIGNAL TOWER (now a museum): (20th century) plaque gives date 1843, inscription "...in use from 1844 to 1937 for signalling by semaphore to Skerryvore Lighthouse...". Circular tower, deep corbelled cornice/ platform near top; ashlar; also windowed at top.

STORES: long single storey row, stepped to slope.

RESERVOIR: used for flushing silt from dock basin, and still (1989) operational, with underground conduit; dam is irregular on plan, with stone faced walls.

STORE: close to harbour; long single storey block, rectangular in plan with cross walls. Series of flat-lintelled openings facing south. Built of pinned squared rubble.


Statement of Interest

A group of buildings unique in Scotland and surviving in near unaltered condition. Up-graded Category B to A 15 August, 1989.

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