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Windmill Stump, Rapness, Helzie, Westray

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.2493 / 59°14'57"N

Longitude: -2.8661 / 2°51'58"W

OS Eastings: 350698

OS Northings: 1040629

OS Grid: HY506406

Mapcode National: GBR M488.ZR0

Mapcode Global: XH8KP.ZSJ5

Plus Code: 9CFV64XM+PH

Entry Name: Windmill Stump, Rapness, Helzie, Westray

Listing Name: To North of Helzie, Windmill Stump

Listing Date: 30 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395415

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47995

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Westray

Traditional County: Orkney

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Early-earlier 19th century. Circular-plan; tapered; solid rubble tower; 3m high. Turret post mill stump. 3.3m in diameter at ground; 2.4m in diameter at apex. Central post and substructure (sail house) missing.

Statement of Interest

A well preserved windmill stump. Peculiar to Orkney only a few turret post mills remain. Orkney has a greater preponderance of exposed windy sites than watercourses and by the end of the 18th century windmills for grinding grain were becoming relatively common (there was one on Westray in the 1790's). The windmill to the N of Helzie is shown on the 1/2500 OS map of 1881. Its location is close to the Bu (signifying principal/original farm) of Rapness, which is just to the NW.

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