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

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Latitude: 58.9236 / 58°55'25"N

Longitude: -2.9407 / 2°56'26"W

OS Eastings: 345932

OS Northings: 1004420

OS Grid: HY459044

Mapcode National: GBR M534.MKM

Mapcode Global: WH7CB.SYVY

Plus Code: 9CCVW3F5+FP

Entry Name: Netherbutton

Listing Name: Netherbutton, Including Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Outbuilding

Listing Date: 16 September 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393676

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46383

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Holm

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray

Parish: Holm

Traditional County: Orkney

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Later 19th century with later alterations and additions. Single storey, 6-bay long rectangular-plan farm steading with single storey lean-to additions to rear. Harled. Concrete block cills. Outbuildings to E and W.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: window to flat-roofed square-plan entrance porch in bay to right of centre; timber door to right return. Window in bay to outer right. Window in each bay to left. Boarded door in bay to penultimate left. Window in bay to outer left.

SE (REAR) ELEVATION: window in each bay of 2-bay lean-to addition spanning bays to outer left; window to left return. Regularly fenestrated projection to outer right; wallhead stack to right return.

Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows; evenly disposed small rooflights to NS pitch. Graded Caithness stone tiled roof; corrugated-iron roofs to rear additions; stone ridge; concrete skews; harled, coped gablehead and ridge stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1997.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS: squared, roughly coursed rubble wall along NW boundary; square-plan rubble piers to N end of wall; concrete pyramidal caps.

OUTBUILDINGS: single storey, 2-bay rectangular-plan asymmetrical outbuilding with ball-finialled gables to W of steading. Squared, roughly coursed rubble. W elevation: window in bay to left. Boarded door to right. Welsh purple stale roof; stone ridge.

Larger ball-finialled coursed rubble outbuilding to SE of steadying with extensive later additions.

Statement of Interest

A largely complete and relatively unaltered typical Orkney steading, characteristic because of its length. Features of interest to note include the existence of the Caithness stone roof and the ball-finialled outbuildings. Its name possibly derives from the Old Norse word, botn, meaning 'situated at the bottom of a glen'.

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