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Mid House, Papa Westray

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.3583 / 59°21'29"N

Longitude: -2.887 / 2°53'13"W

OS Eastings: 349668

OS Northings: 1052776

OS Grid: HY496527

Mapcode National: GBR M470.25T

Mapcode Global: XH8K9.Q13M

Plus Code: 9CFV9457+85

Entry Name: Mid House, Papa Westray

Listing Name: Mid House

Listing Date: 23 July 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395533

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48100

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Papa Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Papa Westray

Traditional County: Orkney

Tagged with: Architectural structure

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Circa 1825. Traditional single storey, 3-bay cottage; later (1912) single storey extension. 2 barns to S form U-plan courtyard; ancillary structures to SE and NW. Rendered cottage; exposed flagstone elsewhere including house extension. Alternate canted corner stones to quoins.


S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical elevation; window to right and left bay. Advanced modern 20th century, flat-roofed porch; door off-centre to left; flanking windows. 1912 extension to right; door; window to far right.

W ELEVATION: window to left.

N ELEVATION: rear lean-to extension to original cottage, to left. Window to right of later addition.

E ELEVATION: window to right.

Replacement windows and doors. Modern roof lights to front of original cottage; roof light to rear of extension. Pitched roof; modern slate to original house; original stone slate roof to later addition. Gable end stacks to original cottage; E gable end stack to extension.

INTERIOR: baffle entrance; corridor to S. Kitchen to W; stove to W gable. Box bed opposite stove. Timber panelled 2-leaf doors to cupboard to left of box bed. Ben end to E; box bed projects from W wall into room. Fireplace to E. Modern bathroom inserted between but and ben end rooms. Door to right of ben end fireplace leads into extension, corridor ahead. Room to E; box bed to W wall; fireplace to E wall; glazed tiles to fireplace surround. Cupboard door to right of fireplace, window to left. Door to right of box bed leads into further room to W. Vibrant colours to all rooms; shades of green to but end; kitchen dresser and glass-fronted cabinet also painted green. Timber panelling divides internal spaces; orange painted entrance corridor; yellow painted ben end. Pink and yellow decor to extension; green painted room behind box bed. Architraved box beds with pelmet. Coved ceilings; timber lined to all rooms except corridor.


E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: cart/tractor shed to far left; raised wallhead; large doors. Barn to right; door to left; door to far right with window to left flank. Stone platform to far right for water tank.

S ELEVATION: plain gable wall.

W ELEVATION: lean-to extends along rear of barn.

N ELEVATION: plain gable wall.

Replacement timber doors. Pitched roof; stone slate. Roof lights to E.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.


W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: sliding door to left; blocked door to right. Stone platform to far right for water tank. Adjoining shed to right; door off-centre to left.

S ELEVATION: blocked window to right.

E ELEVATION: plain elevation to shed to left. Later lean-to barn to right.

N ELEVATION: not seen, 2000.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

Replacement timber doors. Pitched roofs; corrugated asbestos. Stone aisins remain to shed to S.


Small, single storey, rectangular-plan shed to NW of house. Door in S elevation to right; plain walls to N, and W. Remains of lean-to to right of E elevation; door to S. Stone slate roof; central roof light to S. Small, low, lean-to shed to N of house; field walls form S and E elevations. Plain N and W elevations. Flagstone lean-to roof. Small, single storey, rectangular-plan shed to SE of E barn. Door to right in W elevation; lean-to to right; door in W elevation. Lean-to to S elevation; plain N elevation; E elevation not seen, 2000. Stone slate roof; roof light to S.

Statement of Interest

Despite the external alterations to the original cottage, namely replacement windows, porch addition and re-roofing, the retention of its internal layout and furnishings make it a rare survival. The farm group also remains as a whole and in good condition. Also notable are the stone platforms upon which flagstone (now metal) water tanks sat, collecting rainfall from both barn roofs. Adding an extra room to accommodate the growing family was common practice in Orkney and the style of the new build usually followed that of the original. The house was built by the great grandfather of the current owner, Maggie Harcus. Miss Harcus has lived at Mid House all her life.

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