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Dr Werner Kissling

Croft, Iochdar, Isle of South Uist

"The crofter has done his best with each type of wall. In the white-washed house, which has been mortared, the roof is brought to the outer edges of the walls. Whereas, if the roof only covers the inner walls, as in the outbuilding, the dry stone-work is left. The old porous dry stone wall, especially if the stones are placed slanting downwards and outwards, looks after itself and is generally less damp that if superficially mortared or plastered. The croft is rather an exceptional one in that some attempt has been made to form a yard."
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