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Walls (Hoy), 1 North Ness (Formerly the Ship Inn)

A Category C Listed Building in Stromness and South Isles, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.8052 / 58°48'18"N

Longitude: -3.2037 / 3°12'13"W

OS Eastings: 330552

OS Northings: 991473

OS Grid: ND305914

Mapcode National: GBR L5GG.74X

Mapcode Global: WH6BN.RYM8

Entry Name: Walls (Hoy), 1 North Ness (Formerly the Ship Inn)

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352952

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18811

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Walls and Flotta

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles

Parish: Walls And Flotta

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

Probably early 19th century. Single and 2-storey; rectangular-plan house (formerly public house), comprising 2-storey, 3-bay main block with small single storey section at N end. Symmetrical design with regularly disposed openings and crowstepped gables. Rendered and pebble-dashed with inserted concrete cills to to windows. Older harl on W Elevation.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance (with replacement panelled timber door) to main block. Flanking windows to each floor and one above. Single storey section to right; entrance (with replacement panelled timber door) to left; window to right.

W ELEVATION: small near-central window to each floor to main block. Small single storey coursed rubble lean-to addition to left (window to front; entrance to left return). Single storey section to left; window to left.

S ELEVATION: window to left of each floor to gable end of main block.

N ELEVATION: blank gable end of single storey section projects. Blank gable end of main block set back.

Replacement 2-pane timber windows with top-hung upper casements. Stone slate roof to main block; concrete tiles to single storey section. Gablehead stacks with concrete coping to either side (N and S) of main block; one to single storey section; round cans.

INTERIOR: not inspected (2000).

Statement of Interest

Probably of early 19th century date, the building occupies a prominent waterfront site in North Ness. It was in use as an inn by the early 20th century (as is shown by a photograph in the NMRS). The single storey section is said to have been a later addition, built as a post office. It is not clear whether it is contemporary with the main block (possibly built as an office) or slightly later (although stylistically it appears to be identical).

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