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Burwick, South Ronaldsay

A Category B Listed Building in East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 58.7418 / 58°44'30"N

Longitude: -2.9719 / 2°58'18"W

OS Eastings: 343845

OS Northings: 984198

OS Grid: ND438841

Mapcode National: GBR M50M.KB9

Mapcode Global: WH7D9.BJ2T

Plus Code: 9CCVP2RH+P7

Entry Name: Burwick, South Ronaldsay

Listing Name: South Ronaldsay, Burwick Farm, Including Ancillary Buildings

Listing Date: 17 September 1998

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 392621

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45661

Building Class: Cultural

Location: South Ronaldsay

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray

Parish: South Ronaldsay

Traditional County: Orkney

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Mid 19th century, (possibly late 18th century ancillary buildings). 2-storey, 5-bay rectangular-plan asymmetrical farmhouse range with single storey lean-to projection to S forming L-plan. Wide U-plan ancillary range to N of farmhouse, comprising single storey and attic grain store with forestair to S arm; single storey, 3-bay byre with

lower byre to right forming central range; single storey byre range forming N arm. Further single storey and attic rectangular-plan byre to E (over road). Small rubble lean-to outhouse to rear (W) of farmhouse. Harled farmhouse; eaves course. Squared and coursed rubble ancillary buildings; quoins to grain store.

FARMHOUSE RANGE: E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: window at each floor in bay to centre. Boarded door at ground with window at 1st floor above in bay to right. Window at each floor in bay to outer right. Boarded door at ground in bay to left of centre. Window at 1st floor in bay to outer left. 5-bay projection: boarded door in 2nd and 4th bays to N elevation; window in each bay remaining.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: irregular fenestration.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: window at each floor in bay offset to left; gablehead stack above. Wide, boarded door to outer right to lean-to projection to right.

ANCILLARY BUILDINGS: GRAIN STORE: forestair to 1st floor entrance in gabled E end.

Central door with small window above to S elevation; 2 evenly disposed windows at ground to left. Small window at each floor in bay to centre to N elevation; wide doorway to outer right.

CENTRAL BYRE RANGE: 3-bay byre to left with central boarded door and flanking windows to E elevation; irregular openings to lower range to right. Blank rear (W) elevation. wide entrance to N gable.

N BYRE RANGE: irregular openings to S range. Blank N range. Boarded door, offset to left, to gable (E) end.

12-pane timber sash and case windows to farmhouse; timber framed windows to ancillary buildings. Modern grey slate roof to farmhouse; stone ridge; corniced, harled gablehead stacks. Traditional graded stone tiles to ancillary buildings and to projection to farmhouse; stone ridges; corniced rubble stack to W gable of grain store.

INTERIOR: farmhouse: timber architraved doorways and skirting boards extant; timber staircase; exposed timber rafters and braces. Ancillary buildings: timber hay racks along W wall of central byre range with flagstone stall dividers; flagstone-lined central slurry channel; exposed rafters and tie beams.

Statement of Interest

The elegantly proportioned farmhouse and large rubble farm buildings form an interesting example of Orkney rural vernacular architecture. Much larger in scale than the traditional steading, and arranged in an open plan rather than as parallel dwelling house and associated byres, it represents farming at a grander scale. Points of interest to note are the surviving forestair to the grain store and the fine graded flagstone roofs.

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