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Hammerfield, Wasbister, Rousay
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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
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