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Stable (former steading), view from North East. Digital image of D 31004

SC 742359

Description Stable (former steading), view from North East. Digital image of D 31004

Date 16/3/1998

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 742359

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 31004

Scope and Content Stable, Sibster Mains Farm, Highland, from north-east Sibster Mains Farm has a large steading arranged around a square courtyard, dating variously from the late 18th century to the mid- to late 19th century and into the 20th century. It is thus a fine example of agricultural development through three centuries and is particularly notable for its 18th-century kiln barn. This shows the long stable range from the north-east with its louvred windows which provided ventilation for the horses. Horses were vital on the farm in the days before the Industrial Revolution and the age of mechanisation. It is significant that energy is still usually measured in 'horse power'. In pre-enclosure days during the taking in of the harvest, horses were fed in the stable on thistles pulled from amongst the growing corn, by hand or with special wooden thistle tongs. When the crop had been gathered in horses and cows were free to roam the yard eating what they could find. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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