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South Walls (Hoy), Snelsetter Gatepier

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.7863 / 58°47'10"N

Longitude: -3.1503 / 3°9'1"W

OS Eastings: 333602

OS Northings: 989316

OS Grid: ND336893

Mapcode National: GBR L5LH.TWD

Mapcode Global: WH6BW.LF26

Entry Name: South Walls (Hoy), Snelsetter Gatepier

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395730

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48344

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

18th century gatepier. Thick column; thin flagstone cornice; corbelled apex. Exposed rubble.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Snelsetter. Part of a pair of gatepiers (now only one remains) which formed the original entrance from the sea, to Snelsetter House. Snelsetter House (formerly House of Walls) was the seat of the Moodie family, until they moved to Melsetter House. The Moodies were the principal landowners in Hoy from the later 16th century until early 19th century. Snelsetter House no longer remains, however, it is thought to have been a fortified house. The names 'Snelsetten' and 'Snelster' are depicted on the 1695 J van Keulen and 1700 J Wallace maps respectively. It is possible that Lethaby may have drawn inspiration from this gatepier when designing those at Melsetter.

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