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TITLE
Cutting peats for the winter fires, Hoy
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_93134_06_04
PLACENAME
Hoy
PERIOD
1880s
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38454
KEYWORDS
peat
fuel
fires
cutting
Cutting peats for the winter fires, Hoy

This photograph was taken on Hoy, the second largest of the Orkney islands in the late 1880s. A woman is carrying peats in a basket on her back

Peat was used as a fuel throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Cutting began in spring to make the most of the drying time during the summer. Brick-shaped pieces were cut from the peat bog and laid out to dry. After about two weeks they were dry enough to be stacked into small cairns to continue drying. About two weeks later, they were inverted to allow the bottom edge to dry and were stacked into larger cairns. Once dry they were built into a peat stack, which was designed to withstand storms and keep out the rain. An average family needed around 15,000 peats each year


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Cutting peats for the winter fires, Hoy

1880s

peat; fuel; fires; cutting

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

This photograph was taken on Hoy, the second largest of the Orkney islands in the late 1880s. A woman is carrying peats in a basket on her back<br /> <br /> Peat was used as a fuel throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Cutting began in spring to make the most of the drying time during the summer. Brick-shaped pieces were cut from the peat bog and laid out to dry. After about two weeks they were dry enough to be stacked into small cairns to continue drying. About two weeks later, they were inverted to allow the bottom edge to dry and were stacked into larger cairns. Once dry they were built into a peat stack, which was designed to withstand storms and keep out the rain. An average family needed around 15,000 peats each year <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: central.edsc.library@edinburgh.gov.uk">Edinburgh Central Library</a><br />