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Latitude: 58.8233 / 58°49'23"N
Longitude: -3.0976 / 3°5'51"W
OS Eastings: 336718
OS Northings: 993386
OS Grid: ND367933
Mapcode National: GBR L5QD.V1F
Mapcode Global: WH6BQ.DH6B
Entry Name: Flotta (Hoy), Bow Old Farmhouse, Byre and Barn
Listing Date: 31 January 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 352955
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18814
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Walls and Flotta
County: Orkney Islands
Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles
Parish: Walls And Flotta
Traditional County: Orkney
Mid-late 19th century. Single storey, 4-bay former house, joining new Bow Farmhouse (excluded from List). Attached byre to E; adjacent barn to E. Sandstone and flagstone rubble.
S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: off-centre door; window to far right; 2 windows to left. Stone base for metal water tank to left of door. 2 doors to byre to right. Central door to adjacent hay barn.
W ELEVATION: attached to later house.
N ELEVATION: single window. Small outshot to left; window in right return. Barn attached to outshot; door in right return.
E ELEVATION: window in attached byre. Central window to barn; small square ventilation hole to right.
Timber boarded doors; glazed and timber house door. 4-pane timber sash and case windows to house. Pitched, stone Caithness slate roof to house and barn; Corrugated shed to byre, roof light. East gable stack to house.
INTERIOR: intact. Baffle entrance; corridor ahead. Door to left of entrance door leads into central bedroom with box bed. Door to left leads into room; 2 box beds. Fireplace in gable wall; flanking built in cupboards; timber panelled doors. Room to E; gable fireplace; cupboard to right. Door to W leads into extra bedroom; box bed. Timber mantelshelves remain to fireplaces; timber coved ceiling.
The Bow Farmhouse retains its internal lay out and its linear arrangement with adjacent farm buildings. This is the site of the former Bu of Flotta and is of historic interest. Flotta belonged to the Stewarts of Burray from the later 16th century to 1746 and The Bu was their seat on this island. A W range (now partially gone) is visible on the 1st Edition OS map. The attached 2-storey rendered farmhouse is excluded from listing.
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