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South Lodge, Olrig

A Category B Listed Building in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5727 / 58°34'21"N

Longitude: -3.4041 / 3°24'14"W

OS Eastings: 318431

OS Northings: 965812

OS Grid: ND184658

Mapcode National: GBR K6Y2.CBG

Mapcode Global: WH6CQ.PS5H

Plus Code: 9CCRHHFW+38

Entry Name: South Lodge, Olrig

Listing Name: Olrig, South Lodge Including Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 20 January 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393889

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46555

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Olrig

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Parish: Olrig

Traditional County: Caithness

Tagged with: Gatehouse

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Later to late 19th century. Asymmetrical, single storey, 2-bay, Baronial lodge. Harled; sandstone ashlar dressings. Crenellated string course dividing ground and attic to NE. Sandstone hoodmoulds; projecting cills.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: gabled porch projecting to left with arched opening centred at ground; corbelled, crowstepped gablehead with square panel at centre; flanking square-plan angle turrets. Single window in bay recessed to right. Squat, corbelled, circular-plan angle turret to outer left; corbelled, circular-plan angle turret with graded conical cap to outer right.

SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: crowstepped gable end with single windows flanking centre; square-plan panel centred in gablehead; squat, corbelled, circular-plan angle turret to outer right; taller, circular-plan angle turret to left with surmounting can. Addition to outer left.

NE (SIDE) ELEVATION: crowstepped gable end with large opening centred at ground; single window centred in gablehead; small square panel above. Corbelled, circular-plan turret to right; corbelled, circular-plan turret with graded conical cap to left. Projecting porch recessed to outer left; rear projection recessed to outer right.

Windows predominantly boarded up/missing. Grey slate roof; crowstepped skews. Tall, square-plan apex stacks to SW and NE with crenellated caps. Remains of ridge stack/finial (?) off-set to left of centre.

INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

BOUNDARY WALL: rubble wall partially enclosing site.

Statement of Interest

Marked on the 1906 OS map as 'Windy Ha'. Empty 1999. An unusually-detailed lodge set to the S of Olrig House, itself dating from the earlier 19th century with some modification by David Bryce between 1859-61 (see separate list entry). Details of particular note at the lodge include its corbelled turrets, crowstepped gables and prominent stacks. The 1872 OS map shows an earlier property on site to the NW (no longer in place 1906).

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