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Cuir na Bhoir, 51 Balgarva, Eochar, Isle of South Uist

A Category B Listed Building in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.3963 / 57°23'46"N

Longitude: -7.3817 / 7°22'54"W

OS Eastings: 76842

OS Northings: 846792

OS Grid: NF768467

Mapcode National: GBR 8955.FPC

Mapcode Global: WGV34.LC38

Plus Code: 9C9J9JW9+G8

Entry Name: Cuir na Bhoir, 51 Balgarva, Eochar, Isle of South Uist

Listing Name: Cuir na Bhoir, 51 Baile Gharbhaidh, Iochdar, Uibhist a Deas / Cuir na Bhoir, 51 Balgarva, Eochar, Isle of South Uist

Listing Date: 15 January 1980

Last Amended: 21 April 2021

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352915

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18769

Building Class: Cultural

Location: South Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Parish: South Uist

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Tagged with: Cottage

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Probably 19th century. Single-storey; three-bay with central door, Skye-type thatched cottage. Single window in centre of rear elevation. Rubble-built and rendered walls with curved angles. End chimney stacks. Reed or straw thatch roof, secured with netting and a single thick rope secured above the eaves.

Statement of Interest

These vernacular buildings, once prolific across Na h-Eileanan Siar, are now extremely rare. Cuir na Bhoir continues to show regional traditional building methods and materials and retains a significant proportion of its historic fabric, 19th century footprint, vernacular form and character. Notable features include the thick rubble walls with curved angles.

The cottage was renovated after 2004 and rethatched in reed or straw, secured with netting and a single thick rope secured above the eaves. 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 'Eochar 51 Balgarva'.

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