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Report - Hall & House, Orkney Isles, September 2010

greenhac

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Something a little off the beaten track for my first report. Exploring solo as part of a holiday to the Orkney Isles.

Abandonments are two a penny on the smaller Orkney Isles, and most are pretty uninteresting. Here is a combined report of a couple of the more unusual abandonments that I came across.

All photos taken with my trusty Fuji S5700. Unfortunately I didn't have a tripod with me on the trip, only a Gorillapod so some of the photos aren't as good as I would have liked them to be.

Farmhouse, Claybraes, Papa Westray
A traditional farmhouse located on the east of Papa Westray, Aerial View /Maps

The combination of reasonably strong wind and some loose looking roof "slabs" made for a little unnerving explore. Inside was in pretty good nick considering the exposed location. Despite dropping by the island coffee morning :gay, I wasn't able to discover details about the history of the place and the circumstances of it's abandonment.

1) One of the better roof sections
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2) Sans-Roof
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3) Tasteful Pink
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6) A clean dog is a happy dog
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7) Christmas Greetings
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8) May 16, 1940
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9) June 6, 1970
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10) Wholesome Reading
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"Hall", near London Airport, Eday
A few days and and two ferries later I came across this building on Eday, located about half a mile south of "London Airport" (named after the adjoining London Bay)

Aerial View /Maps

Current Ordnance Survey maps describe the building simply as a "Hall". The main hall is been used for storage, including a motorbike. Pigeons have made themselves at home. A room off the side of the hall appears to have been used as living accommodation.

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12) *Not Access*
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13) Someone's Pride and Joy
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14) Bit late for some Hovering. Pigeon lovers look away....
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15) Home Sweet Home
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17) I was in a rush to catch my ferry so completely forgot to get a good external shot. Here is a blurry shot taken from a distance.
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I would certainly suggest dropping by either of these sites if you happen to be in the area :D
 

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