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General view of interior

O 653

Description General view of interior

Date c. 1960

Collection Scottish National Buildings Record

Catalogue Number O 653

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 793807

Scope and Content Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands This is a view towards the south end of the hall in the Bishop's Palace on the first floor. It is likely this image was taken before the monument came under state care in 1921, as there is another floor below this level which had yet to be excavated. The south end of the palace was an extension added by Earl Patrick Stewart in 1600. Originally it consisted of an arcaded loggia with two storeys of rooms above, but the arcade was later built up and converted into an ordinary room. The Bishop's Palace is the oldest surviving example of domestic architecture in Kirkwall. It was begun in the 12th century, but was in ruins by 1320. It was reconstructed between 1541 and 1558. Alterations were made in 1600, but after 1614 it is likely the building was left to become a ruin. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference Box 59/6


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