MHG19486 - Farmstead, Stemster


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  • FARMSTEAD (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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ND16SE 56 175 626
Longhouse (ND 1756 6262). Dimensions: 19.4 x 5.5m. Rectangular tripartite structure, the central unit of apparent residential function, the E end a byre containing two slots. A parallel structure lies 5m S, measuring 10.75 x 5m with an annexe 3 x 5m attached to its W end. Orientation E-W.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

Three roofed buildings surrounded by several enclosures are shown on the first edition of the OS 6-inch map (Caithness 1877, sheet xii). Only one of these roofed buildings is shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10,560 map (1970).
Information from RCAHMS (FO) 15 February 1996

GR corrected to above from 1st ed OS - HAW 10/2003

Visited by HET 08/02/2013. Older ruinous buildings as described by Mercer. Most northerly building (omitted by Mercer) is the most recent addition to the farmstead and is of a standard vernacular 3-bay form. Conditon would suggest it has been abandoned for some time. Partial survival of sash and casement frames (6 over 6); defective ridge; rainwater goods missing; western gable leaning out at stack; large hole in roof of lean-to extension to rear. Without internvention prognosis for long term survival is bleak. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 1759 6263 (102m by 61m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16SE
Civil Parish BOWER
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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