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Hammerfield, Wasbister, Rousay

This is Hammerfield in Wasbister, Rousay. The house has long been demolished so I thought that it might be worth preserving this as a record of its time. I took it in about 1955 (I would have been eight of nine) using a Kodak 127 format camera, hence the poor quality.
It was the home of the Flaws family for generations; the last to live there were Bill and Mabel Flaws nee Sinclair but they had no children. This was a mini-tragety because they loved children and put up with us invading them every summer. The kitchen was at the far end and there was a parlour in the middle and the bedroom nearest the camera. There were box-beds off the kitchen and the parlour. No mod-cons at all.
You can easily see the typical construction of these buildings with dry flagstone walls and flags on the roof. The attachment is the dairy. This, I think, was the original construction and it was replaced a few years later with a breeze-block building with an asbestos cement roof.
The car at the front was Uncle Bill's old Fordie. Uncle Bill died in 1981 and Auntie Mabel moved to Kirkwall in 1983.
Picture added on 08 February 2018 at 13:07
Mabel was my mum’s sister, remember many happy holidays in Rousay
Added by Billy Moar on 12 August 2023
Thank you Billy. I mind you fine. I put a few pictures of you on Rousay Remembered.
Added by Rognvald Spence on 21 December 2023
Hi Rognvald,
Just as I remembered Hammmerfield
Added by Billy Moar on 21 January 2024
A while ago.
Do you know anything about the framed structure in te background? Looks like some sort of barn being build. I don’t mind it at all. But I do mind a sandpit about there. We played in it.
Added by Rognvald Spence on 26 January 2024
In the days before ferries GPO engineers used to have digs here.

Added by William Kirkness Watters on 26 January 2024
Thank you William. I never knew that, and Auntie Mabe never mentioned it.

Added by Rognvald Spence on 03 February 2024
I watched Concord's first flight on TV here. 1969
Added by William Kirkness Watters on 07 February 2024
Are you related to Frances Elizabeth Watters who married James Groundwater?
Added by Rognvald Spence on 10 February 2024
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