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Taigh Violet Rose, 10 Uachdar, Isle of Benbecula

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4741 / 57°28'26"N

Longitude: -7.3388 / 7°20'19"W

OS Eastings: 80099

OS Northings: 855239

OS Grid: NF800552

Mapcode National: GBR 888Z.3CM

Mapcode Global: WGW3X.7DLL

Plus Code: 9C9JFMF6+MF

Entry Name: Taigh Violet Rose, 10 Uachdar, Isle of Benbecula

Listing Name: Taigh Violet Rose, 10 Uachdar, Beinn na Faoghla / Taigh Violet Rose, 10 Uachdar, Isle of Benbecula

Listing Date: 24 April 1985

Last Amended: 24 March 2021

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352901

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18760

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, single storey, three-bay with central door, Skye-type thatched cottage. Rubble-built with squared angles and limewashed. Single window in centre of rear wall. End chimney (one repaired). Reed thatch roof with a straw ridge scobed with hazel spars. The entire roof is netted.

Statement of Interest

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

The previous listed building record (written in 1985) describes the roof as thatched in marram and secured with ropes and brick weights. The property has been rethatched in reed with a straw ridge. It is one of only 54 buildings or groups of buildings in Na h-Eileanan Siar that are known to retain a 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 10, Uachdar'.

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