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Latitude: 58.8124 / 58°48'44"N
Longitude: -3.2006 / 3°12'2"W
OS Eastings: 330746
OS Northings: 992272
OS Grid: ND307922
Mapcode National: GBR L5GF.NK2
Mapcode Global: WH6BN.TR2Q
Entry Name: Walls (Hoy), the Garrison (Former Garrison Theatre)
Listing Date: 31 January 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395732
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48346
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Walls and Flotta
County: Orkney Islands
Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles
Traditional County: Orkney
Circa 1942. 2-storey house (former theatre). Art Deco. Black-rendered brickwork; white-banded windows; stepped elevation.
NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: flat-roofed central porch; central door, flanking windows. 3 ground floor windows. Shorter 1st floor; central section slightly advanced and heightened; 2 windows to centre. Bays set back to right and left; 2 windows in each. Stepped wall set back to far right and left creating platform above outer ground floor bays.
SE ELEVATION: 2 ground floor windows; white-banding continues from front elevation. 1st floor window/door. Stepped gable wall at 1st floor.
SW ELEVATION: grey-painted wall. Single storey flat-roofed extension to right. Irregularly placed windows to centre, 2 to ground and 2 to 1st floor.
NE ELEVATION: ground floor window to right. Stepped gable wall at 1st floor.
UPVC windows and some timber casements. Glazed front door with sunburst timber astragals. Flat-roof.
INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.
During the World Wars, Lyness was strategically important due to its position at the entrance to Scapa Flow. Lyness formed the hub of the Royal Navy's base in Scapa Flow and it has been estimated that its population rose to over 12,000 (comprising the various servicemen and women and civilian workers) during the 2nd World War. The entertainment of such a large population was important. All that remains of the theatre is this facade. The sharp contrast of colour and strongly emphasized horizontal lines makes it visually striking. 2 large Nissen huts to the rear (now gone) contained the theatre/dance hall (to the N) and cinema (to the S). The Entertainments' National Service Association which had an office at Lyness, organised shows, attracting performers such as Gracie Fields, George Formby and Flannigan and Allan. The Garrison is currently a private house (2001).
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