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Latitude: 57.8061 / 57°48'22"N
Longitude: -3.8513 / 3°51'4"W
OS Eastings: 290083
OS Northings: 881118
OS Grid: NH900811
Mapcode National: GBR J8V2.YB4
Mapcode Global: WH4F3.T272
Entry Name: Tarrel Farm (Formerly Meikle Tarrel), Farmworkers Cottages
Listing Date: 29 October 1999
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 393862
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46522
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Tain and Easter Ross
Traditional County: Cromartyshire
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.
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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