Thatching in the Outer Hebrides

Scott, Alan (2007) Thatching in the Outer Hebrides. Structural Survey, 25 (2). pp. 127-147. ISSN 0263-080X

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Purpose – The purpose of this research is to report on the surveying of three vernacular thatched properties in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, all run as Youth Hostels.

Design/methodology/approach – The case study buildings are compared with 42 Arnol, the blackhouse on North Lewis cared for by Historic Scotland. The paper compares plan form, roof structure, thatching material and securing methods using data collected during extensive field investigations in 2004.

Findings – The paper concludes that the more northerly property Garenin most closely resembles 42 Arnol and can be classified as “Hebridean” in structure, while Howmore to the south is typical of the “Skye” pattern. Berneray, the central of the three properties, exhibits construction techniques of both types, indicating that it defines the boundary between the two types.

Originality/value – The findings of this research will be useful to surveyors, owners and maintenance managers responsible for these unique vernacular structures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
W700 Crafts
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 12:55
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:02

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