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South Western Farmworkers Cottage, Meikle Tarrel

A Category B Listed Building in Tain and Easter Ross, Highland

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Latitude: 57.806 / 57°48'21"N

Longitude: -3.8516 / 3°51'5"W

OS Eastings: 290065

OS Northings: 881107

OS Grid: NH900811

Mapcode National: GBR J8V2.Y50

Mapcode Global: WH4F3.T224

Plus Code: 9C9RR44X+C9

Entry Name: South Western Farmworkers Cottage, Meikle Tarrel

Listing Name: Tarrel Farm (Formerly Meikle Tarrel), Farmworkers Cottages

Listing Date: 29 October 1999

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393860

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46522

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tarbat

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Tain and Easter Ross

Parish: Tarbat

Traditional County: Cromartyshire

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Late 18th century; with mid 20th century porches added. 2-storey, 9-bay row, comprising 3 pairs of mirrored narrow farmworkers cottages. Whitewashed rubble with sandstone dressings.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical; lean-to porches with corrugated roofs to centre of each cottage, timber doors to right (E) returns. Windows flanking porches to left and right at ground and 1st floors.

NE ELEVATION: gabled; blank.

NW ELEVATION: predominantly blank, single opening under eaves to right.

SW ELEVATION: gabled; blank, with timber lean-to addition at ground floor.

Variety of timber framed casement, and sash and case windows, some with lying-panes. Graded Ballachulish slate roof with stone ridge. Stone skews. Coped sandstone gablehead and ridge stacks with predominantly octagonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIORS: 19th century timber lining; paired timber staircases; stone slab fire surrounds.

Statement of Interest

The cottages at Tarrel Farm are a good example of largely unaltered early farmworkers cottages. The 2-storey composition is highly unusual for the period and building type. The cottages were presumably built when George Mackenzie ("Farmer George") took up a 19 year lease at what was then called Meikle Tarrel in 1798. The New Statistical Account notes that the "lands were in a state of wretchedness, and their houses afforded accommodation for neither man nor beast" (p468). George Mackenzie was not only responsible for improving Meikle Tarrel, but also introduced the first methods of modern husbandry to this area.

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