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South Walls (Hoy), Lythes, Milestone

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.7958 / 58°47'45"N

Longitude: -3.2138 / 3°12'49"W

OS Eastings: 329952

OS Northings: 990445

OS Grid: ND299904

Mapcode National: GBR L5FH.2JQ

Mapcode Global: WH6BV.L5VW

Entry Name: South Walls (Hoy), Lythes, Milestone

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395728

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48342

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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Description

Early-mid 20th century. Segmental-headed, sandstone milestone. Inscribed in sans serif characters 'N.NESS' (North Ness); with number '5' and S pointing arrow below. 'S.NESS' (South Ness) and N pointing arrow below.

Statement of Interest

A simple but well designed milestone, its lettering suggesting Modernist influences. It is likely to date from the earlier 20th century, although it could be slightly earlier. The prominent Arts and Crafts architect, W R Lethaby, carried out work on the island for the Middlemores of Melsetter between 1898 and the early 1900's (see separate List Descriptions for Melsetter). There is a possibility that Lethaby designed this milestone. There are a number of similar milestones within Walls and Flotta parish.

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