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Taigh Curstaig, 1 Kyles Flodda, Isle of Benbecula

A Category B Listed Building in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4778 / 57°28'40"N

Longitude: -7.2965 / 7°17'47"W

OS Eastings: 82661

OS Northings: 855447

OS Grid: NF826554

Mapcode National: GBR 88CY.YHQ

Mapcode Global: WGW3X.W9MS

Plus Code: 9C9JFPH3+49

Entry Name: Taigh Curstaig, 1 Kyles Flodda, Isle of Benbecula

Listing Name: Taigh Curstaig, 1 Caolas Fhlodaigh, Beinn na Faoghla / Taigh Curstaig, 1 Kyles Flodda, Isle of Benbecula

Listing Date: 15 January 1980

Last Amended: 24 March 2021

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352889

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18752

Building Class: Cultural

Location: South Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Parish: South Uist

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Description

Late 19th or early 20th century, Skye-type thatched crofthouse (renovated for use as a holiday cottage around 1998), single-storey, three-bay east front with central entrance. Single window in centre of west wall. Rubble-built, with squared angles. End chimney stacks. Marram thatched roof secured with ropes and stone weights.

Statement of Interest

These vernacular buildings, once prolific across Na h-Eileanan Siar, are now extremely rare. Taigh Curstaig continues to show regional traditional building methods and materials and retains a significant proportion of its historic fabric and footprint, vernacular form and character. Notable features include the thick rubble walls and a marram thatched roof secured with ropes and stone weights.

It is one of only 54 buildings or groups of buildings in Na h-Eileanan Siar that are known to retain an intact thatched roof, and is among a very small number of surviving thatched buildings across Scotland. A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, published in 2016 by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), found there were only around 200 buildings of this type remaining, most of which are found in small rural communities. Thatched buildings are often traditionally built, showing distinctive local and regional building methods and materials. Those that survive are important in helping us understand these traditional skills and an earlier way of life.

Statutory address and listed building record revised in 2021 as part of the Thatched Buildings Listing Review. Previously listed as 'Benbecula, 1 Kyles Flodda'.

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