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South Walls (Hoy), South Ness, Ness House

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.8001 / 58°48'0"N

Longitude: -3.2065 / 3°12'23"W

OS Eastings: 330381

OS Northings: 990915

OS Grid: ND303909

Mapcode National: GBR L5FG.RVZ

Mapcode Global: WH6BV.Q29K

Entry Name: South Walls (Hoy), South Ness, Ness House

Listing Date: 8 November 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354061

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19662

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

Mid-late 18th century; later additions. 2-storey, 5-bay house with later single storey, 3-bay crowstepped addition (former post office). Rubble, clad in lime based wet harl.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical 3-bays to left; central gabled porch with window. Door inset in right return. Window to left and right flank of porch; 2 1st floor windows centred above. 2 ground and 2 1st floor windows to right. 3-bay addition; central door; 2-light fanlight; single flanking windows.

SE ELEVATION: single 1st floor window to left.

SW ELEVATION: ground floor window to far right; pitched dormer window, breaking eaves, centred above. Door to left; 1st floor window centred above. 2 ground floor windows to left of door. 2-bay section to left; 2 ground floor windows; 1 1st floor window and 1 pitched dormer window, breaking eaves. 2 windows to former post office.

NW ELEVATION: single storey addition; window to right.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case ground floor windows; 4-pane 1st floor windows. Smaller 1st floor windows hug eaves. Stone ball finials to porch and dormer gables. Exposed keystones to house gable walls. Coped gablehead stacks to house and crowstepped gable of former post office. Coped ridge stack to house. Stone (Caithness) slate roof. Cast-iron skylight to front and rear.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

Statement of Interest

Formerly in use as a farmhouse, inn, post office and shop. Ness House possibly began as a 3-bay, 2-storey house with the now central 2-bay section added on. The single storey, post office was added circa 1900. The 1st Edition OS map shows a squat building (without the post office wing) with rear wing to E and rear parallel wing, forming a U-plan shape. The former byre/threshing barn to the SE is not part of the Statutory List.

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