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Walls (Hoy), Melsetter House, Lodge, Gates, Gatepiers and Field Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.7853 / 58°47'7"N

Longitude: -3.2573 / 3°15'26"W

OS Eastings: 327416

OS Northings: 989318

OS Grid: ND274893

Mapcode National: GBR L5BH.SQP

Mapcode Global: WH6BT.YF2Y

Entry Name: Walls (Hoy), Melsetter House, Lodge, Gates, Gatepiers and Field Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 31 January 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395749

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48363

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Walls and Flotta

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

Mid-later 19th century. Single storey, former T-plan lodge house; later, 20th century additions to rear. Tooled, coursed sandstone. Crowstepped gables.

N ELEVATION: window to far left; door to right. 2 steps lead up to door. Advanced wing to right; window to right.

E ELEVATION: window to right. Harled extension to left; 2 windows.

S ELEVATION: advanced extension to right; window to left. Advanced wing to left; window to right. Later lean-to shed to left; door to right; window in right return.

W ELEVATION: 3 windows to W elevation; smaller central window. Window to rear lean-to extension.

6-pane timber sash and case windows. Timber plank doors. Pitched roofs; stone slates; crowstepped gables; coped gable apex stack to each gable; circular cans. Slate roof to gabled extension and lean-to shed.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2000.

GATES AND GATEPIERS

4 square-plan sandstone piers; base and cornice. Central cast-iron carriage gate and flanking pedestrian gates.

FIELD BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS

Drystone wall to N of lodge encloses field to W; turns W-wards to line either side of current entrance driveway to Melsetter House. 2 square-plan gatepiers (ND 2703 8943), corbelled apex (missing to E pier). Drystone walls to E of lodge; gatepiers (ND 2786 8919) open onto track which leads to Melsetter from the S. Single thick circular-plan pier (similar to Snelsetter Gatepier, see separate List Description); thin cornice; stepped apex; accompanying square-plan pier; cornice; stepped apex; timber gate.

Statement of Interest

A-Group with Melsetter House, Chapel, Kitchen and Walled Gardens, Burial Enclosure, Estate Office, Gardener's Cottage, The Hall, Laundry House and Spinning Cottage. The lodge is situated beside the former main entrance to Melsetter House and was built before Lethaby carried out his alterations to Melsetter House. The gatepiers adjacent to the lodge are not present on the 1st Edition OS Map and are probably late 19th century.

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