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Cleat Farmhouse, Westray

A Category B Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.304 / 59°18'14"N

Longitude: -2.9423 / 2°56'32"W

OS Eastings: 346440

OS Northings: 1046770

OS Grid: HY464467

Mapcode National: GBR M434.DVY

Mapcode Global: XH8KG.ZDMS

Plus Code: 9CFV8335+H3

Entry Name: Cleat Farmhouse, Westray

Listing Name: Cleat Including Gatepiers and Wall

Listing Date: 8 December 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352861

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18729

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Westray

Traditional County: Orkney

Tagged with: Farmhouse

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Mid-later 18th century. 3-storey, 3-bay farmhouse with later 2-storey and attic, 3-bay S wing added to SE corner. Single storey and loft wing to NW extends N-wards; single storey building attached to E gable of earlier house with single storey building extending N-wards. Harled elevations; rubble construction exposed in places. Ashlar window surrounds, quoins and eaves course to later S wing.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-bay section of house to left: corniced, ashlar doorpiece to right; doorway partially blocked, inserted window; rectangular fanlight. 1st and 2nd floor windows above to right. Ground floor window to left flank of door; 1st and 2nd floor windows centred above. Ashlar eaves course. Advanced wing to right; 2 ground floor windows; larger 1st floor windows centre above; blocked window to right. Central attic window; ashlar band course below. Single storey building set back to E gable of earlier house; central door. Single storey crowstepped building attached to rear of this; central door; arrowslit opening above.

W ELEVATION: recent build to ground floor partially obscures W gable. 1st floor window to right. S Wing set back to right: 3 ground floor windows, central window blocked; 3 1st floor windows, central window blocked. Rear wing to left: 2 windows to right; window to left.

N ELEVATION: advanced wing to right; forestairs added on to wing gable; loft door to left. Small ground floor window to house in inner angle; small, single 1st and 2nd floor windows above to left. Ground floor window to far left. Advanced single storey building to far left; 2 narrow windows, blocked up.

E ELEVATION: single ground, 1st and 2nd floor windows to left. Advanced S wing to left; 2 ground floor windows; 1st floor window to right; larger 1st floor window to left; blocked central window. Small 2nd floor window to right. Plain gable and elevation to single storey buildings to E. Rear wing set back to right; 2 windows to left section; door and window to right section.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows; larger windows at 1st floor. Small 6-pane timber sash and case 2nd floor windows. Some later 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Pitched roofs; corrugated asbestos to house. Coped gable end stacks; circular cans. Flagstone slate roof to single storey wings; rooflights to N wing; crowstepped gable and skews; tall, coped ridge stack. Crowstepped gables; flatstone slate roof to single storey building to NE. Pitched roof; flagstones to E single storey building attached to house E gable.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.


Tall corniced piers; rusticated to S; ball finials stand to left of S gable. Swept rubble wall to left pier runs N and E-wards to form courtyard wall; swept at NE. Lean-to shed attached to W.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Cleat Farm. One of the finest buildings on Westray. Cleat belonged to the Stewarts of nearby Brough House (see separate list). The Stewart family owned the Brough Estate from around the end of the 16th century until the middle of the 19th century. The present Cleat farmhouse replaces one which was burnt down in 1746 by Hanoverian troops led by Benjamin Moodie of Melsetter.

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