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General view of tower and arched entrance Digital image of O 649

SC 793803

Description General view of tower and arched entrance Digital image of O 649

Date c. 1960

Collection Scottish National Buildings Record

Catalogue Number SC 793803

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of O 649

Scope and Content Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands This is the east wall of the palace. To the far right is part of St Magnus Cathedral. In the north-west corner is the 'Moosie Tooer' which was added by Bishop Robert Reid in 1550. Although the palace appears to be at the same level as the street in this image there is in fact another floor below street level. Nowadays the large round-arched opening no longer has a door, as seen in this image, as it has been built up with stones. Originally this was the main gate from Palace Street, but it was moved and rebuilt into the ruined east wall in 1877. 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 59/2


File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

Collection Hierarchy - Item Level

Collection Level (551 6) Scottish National Buildings Record

Group Level (551 6/5) Photographs Box

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