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Oblique aerial view of Rodel, Harris, showing a distant view of St Clement's Church.

SC 1528216

Description Oblique aerial view of Rodel, Harris, showing a distant view of St Clement's Church.

Date 5/1966

Collection John Dewar

Catalogue Number SC 1528216

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of IN 4306

Scope and Content Aerial view of St Clement's Church, Rodel, Harris, Western Isles In the foreground in this aerial view is the harbour, behind which is the Rodel Hotel which dates to the 18th century with later additions. On the hill towards the right is St Clement's Church which dates to the early 16th century. As a religious centre Rodel was one of the more highly populated areas of Harris in the early 18th century. The landscape of Rodel is very different to what it would have been like in the first half of the 19th century. In the second half of the 19th century 150 families were evicted from good land at Rodel by the owner, the Earl of Dunmore. Some of the evicted were moved to Bernera, and others were sent to the bays on the east coast of Harris. Lewis and Harris are both parts of the same island, collectively known as 'the Long Island', which is the most northerly in the Outer Hebrides. Together they are about 95km in length and around 32km at the widest point. Most of Lewis is quite low-lying, whereas Harris is mountainous. Rodel, or Roghadel, comes from the Old Norse and means 'Red Dale'. The local soil is unlike that in the rest of Harris, being red in colour and very fertile. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference 4136/3

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1528216

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