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TITLE
Blackhouse, Strome, Benbecula 1963
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_PHOTOGRAPHS_003
PLACENAME
Benbecula
DISTRICT
South Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: South Uist
DATE OF IMAGE
1963
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
38105
KEYWORDS
housing
crofthouse
blackhouse
Blackhouse, Strome, Benbecula 1963

This image is titled 'Blackhouse, Strome, Benbecula, 1963. In her book, 'Highland Folk Ways', the historian and folklorist Isabel F. Grant describes the various types of buildings traditional to the Highlands and surrounding areas and details their methods of construction.

The cottage displays features characteristic of what I F Grant calls the 'Long Island' or Outer Hebrides style, and the Eastern and Central Highlands style. These styles often merged together in Highland houses. Like the 'Long Island' type, this cottage has walls with rounded corners that were streamlined against the wind. Like the Eastern and Central Highlands type, the thatched roof slightly projects over the walls of the cottage. The classic 'Long Island' type house had a double wall, with a core of sand or earth in between the two walls, and the roof structure resting on the inner wall.

Chimney flues have been added to the cottage, to accommodate a more modern fireplace or stove.

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Blackhouse, Strome, Benbecula 1963

INVERNESS: South Uist

1960s

housing; crofthouse; blackhouse

Highland Libraries

This image is titled 'Blackhouse, Strome, Benbecula, 1963. In her book, 'Highland Folk Ways', the historian and folklorist Isabel F. Grant describes the various types of buildings traditional to the Highlands and surrounding areas and details their methods of construction.<br /> <br /> The cottage displays features characteristic of what I F Grant calls the 'Long Island' or Outer Hebrides style, and the Eastern and Central Highlands style. These styles often merged together in Highland houses. Like the 'Long Island' type, this cottage has walls with rounded corners that were streamlined against the wind. Like the Eastern and Central Highlands type, the thatched roof slightly projects over the walls of the cottage. The classic 'Long Island' type house had a double wall, with a core of sand or earth in between the two walls, and the roof structure resting on the inner wall.<br /> <br /> Chimney flues have been added to the cottage, to accommodate a more modern fireplace or stove.