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Kirkhouse Cottage

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 59.3568 / 59°21'24"N

Longitude: -2.8949 / 2°53'41"W

OS Eastings: 349218

OS Northings: 1052613

OS Grid: HY492526

Mapcode National: GBR M460.4LL

Mapcode Global: XH8K9.L2XS

Entry Name: Kirkhouse Cottage

Listing Date: 23 July 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395531

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48098

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Papa Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Papa Westray

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

Mid to later 19th century. Single storey; rectangular-plan cottage with attached outbuildings and well preserved interior with box beds. Rubble construction.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: cottage to right. Entrance with boarded timber door to right of centre. Flanking windows. 2 small outbuildings adjoin to left. Entrance with boarded timber door to that to right. That to left rendered and stepped up at slightly higher level.

N ELEVATION: blank. Outbuilding to outer right stepped up at slightly higher level. Remains of side wall of earlier range adjoins to right.

E ELEVATION: small window to right of gable end.

W ELEVATION: large inserted 2-leaf timber door occupies width of gable end (formerly no end wall here but part of earlier range since demolished); corrugated asbestos to gable.

4-pane timber fixed casement windows. Flagstone roof to cottage. Outbuildings re-roofed in corrugated asbestos. Ridge/gablehead stacks with narrow band courses to either side (E and W) of cottage; one round can remaining.

INTERIOR: intact with baffle entry plan with timber partitions and box beds. Open to roof lined with timber sarking. Boarded timber doors. Stone flagged floor. Plain timber fireplace surround with mantel shelf to room to left of entrance (ben). Plain stone lintel to fireplace to room to right of entrance (but); cast-iron range.

Statement of Interest

A traditional Orcadian cottage of mid to later 19th century date. It is particularly notable for its intact interior retaining box beds and timber partitioning (these were a 19th century development). The remains of an earlier croft (to which this would have been added as improved domestic quarters) can be seen in alignment to the W.

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