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Huip Farmhouse, Walled Garden and Steading

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 59.1583 / 59°9'29"N

Longitude: -2.6364 / 2°38'11"W

OS Eastings: 363704

OS Northings: 1030347

OS Grid: HY637303

Mapcode National: GBR M4VJ.GYQ

Mapcode Global: WH8CN.G2SG

Entry Name: Huip Farmhouse, Walled Garden and Steading

Listing Date: 22 January 2008

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352965

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18822

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stronsay

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Stronsay

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

Probably 18th century. Tall 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, symmetrical, single-pile gabled farm house with gabled dormers, advanced gabled porch, single storey 2-bay wing adjoining N gable, and associated walled garden, domestic ancillaries and steading buildings. Roughcast-rendered masonry. Regular fenestration set in deep, unmargined, window reveals. Timber-boarded front door in side (S) elevation of gabled porch. Stumpy finials to dormers and porch.

Predominantly 4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows; some 12-pane glazing. Ashlar-coped skews to gables, dormers and porch. Corniced and coped wallhead stacks with yellow clay cans. Grey stone slates.

INTERIOR: retains original room layout of two rooms per floor on either side of central staircase with smaller room behind. Original timber fittings still in situ.

Statement of Interest

A very prominently-sited farmhouse with associated buildings, located on the approach to the sheltered anchorage at Papa Sound. The date of the house is not easily established, but it is believed to date from the mid 18th century, and may even be earlier. A substantial 2 storey house (one of 9 on the island) is shown at Huip on William Aberdeen's map of 1769. A similar house is shown on Thomson's map. The house itself bears a striking similarity to Haa houses of the Shetland Islands, which are typically of two or three storeys with a symmetrical frontage and only one room deep. This is explained by the lack of timber of sufficient size for floor joists for large rooms; extra floor space was obtained by extending upwards.

The Huip estate, which itself dates at least to the mid 17th century, was purchased by David Balfour in the 1760s, who, according to the Statistical Account, set about improving his land, and encouraged other local farmers to adopt Improvement methods (apparently without much success). It is possible that he was responsible for the building of the house and steading buildings. According to the previous list description and RIAS guide, Huip was subsequently owned by David Drever, who was responsible for promoting herring fishing in 1814.

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