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Scarrataing, Graemsay

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

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Latitude: 58.9276 / 58°55'39"N

Longitude: -3.2671 / 3°16'1"W

OS Eastings: 327150

OS Northings: 1005168

OS Grid: HY271051

Mapcode National: GBR L594.83R

Mapcode Global: WH6B1.SVFX

Plus Code: 9CCRWPHM+25

Entry Name: Scarrataing, Graemsay

Listing Name: Graemsay, Scarrataing

Listing Date: 16 September 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393660

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46370

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Hoy and Graemsay

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles

Parish: Hoy And Graemsay

Traditional County: Orkney

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Mid 19th century with later alterations. Single storey, 3-bay rectangular-plan symmetrical cottage with square-plan entrance porch. Coursed rubble; concrete porch. Derelict rubble farm buildings sited to E of main cottage.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: window in porch in bay to centre; window in left return, doorway in right return; deep-set, boarded door to main cottage. Window in each bay flanking.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: window set to outer left.

S (SIDE) ELEVATION: window set to left; gablehead stack above.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: blank. with concavity of former kiln remaining, (see Notes).

Fixed 4-pane, timber-framed windows; timber-framed windows to porch. Turf-over-flagstone roof; roofless porch; rubble corniced gablehead stacks.

INTERIOR: fine, relatively unaltered interior; flagstone floors; original fire surrounds extant; intact box bed to central dividing wall and to N wall with folding timber panelled doors.

Statement of Interest

Scarrataing survives in a relatively unaltered state since its construction in the mid to late 19th century. The concavity of a traditonal circular-plan kiln can still be seen in the gable wall, although the kiln has been removed. The interior is especially well-preserved, with intact and functional box beds and original fire surrounds. The roof is typical of a traditional Orcadian cottage being covered in large flagstones with a row of aisins (narrow stones placed under the main flagstones to throw rainwater away from the wallhead) acting as eaves. The roof has subsequently been covered with turf.

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