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Barra, Suidheachan Shell Grit Factory

Factory (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Barra, Suidheachan Shell Grit Factory

Classification Factory (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Barra Cockle Factory

Canmore ID 170780

Site Number NF60NE 27

NGR NF 69374 05615

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barra
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

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Suidheachan (sitting down place), 1935 House built for Compton Mackenzie, later used as a cockle shell crushing factory; restored as a private residence by Stewart Tod, 1999. Lying long and low on Vaslain Machair, the H-plan composition of harled brick ranges is orientated so that the main rooms face west, unconventionally turning their back on the magnificent views out over the cockle strand to Gighay and Hellisay, and to distant Rum and Canna across the Minch.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press


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