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Pigsty, Crowtaing, South Walls, Hoy

A Category C Listed Building in Stromness and South Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 58.7976 / 58°47'51"N

Longitude: -3.1403 / 3°8'25"W

OS Eastings: 334200

OS Northings: 990570

OS Grid: ND342905

Mapcode National: GBR L5MG.S74

Mapcode Global: WH6BW.Q4SH

Plus Code: 9CCRQVX5+3V

Entry Name: Pigsty, Crowtaing, South Walls, Hoy

Listing Name: South Walls (Hoy), Crowtaing, Pigsty

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395719

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48334

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Walls and Flotta

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles

Parish: Walls And Flotta

Traditional County: Orkney

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Late 19th century. Circular pigsty, doorway to W. Corbelled roof. Flagstones to walls and roof.

Statement of Interest

Situated to the S of Crowtaing farmhouse, the pigsty is no longer in use. The date of the sty is uncertain, however it does not appear on the 1st Edition 1881 OS map. Erosion of the coastline has reduced further farm buildings to the S and E, possibly including the pigsty yard. Pigs were once common inhabitants on the Orkney farm. Small circular buildings were easier to build, no corners were necessary, thus removing the weak points and making the building more pig-proof. There are a number of circular pigsties remaining in S Wales, and a few in Orkney, including 3 at Myre, South Walls, Hoy (ND 3244 9103).

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