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VERNACULAR BUILDING: THE ANNUAL JOURNAL OF SVBWG

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Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 15 (1991)
Jim Souness, Heather Thatching in Scotland - further observations.
Paul and Alison Newman, Simmens and Strae: Thatched Roofs in Orkney.
Sam Seabrook and Brian Wilson, Rebuilding Jeannie MacAlpine's Inn
Harry Gordon Slade, Artamford and Greenware: Designs for two Improved Farm Courts. 1760 and 1822
Graham J Douglas, Closet, Gill Pier, Westray, Orkney.
Elizabeth Beaton, The Glasite Meeting House, 33 Barony Street, Edinburgh.

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 18 (1994)
John G Harrison, Wooden huts and shelters in 17th century Stirling, with an early example of a hingin' lum
Jocelyn Rendall, The farm of Gowrie, Papa Westray, Orkney
Munro Dunn, Housing in cotton factory and iron-works villages of the late 18th and the 19th centuries
David Alston, A weaver's mud-built house of the early 19th century at Navity, Black Isle
Graham Douglas, Ribigill steading, Tongue, Sutherland
Graham Douglas, Kilrie farm, Kinghorn, Fife
Harry Gordon Slade, Three early croft houses in Gairloch, Wester Ross
Paul Newman, Kil: variety in the design of Orkney farm kilns
Sam Seabrook and Brian Wilson, Rebuilding Jeanie MacAlpine's Inn: an interim report

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 19 (1995)
Geoffrey Stell and Veronica Steele, Leaves from Ian Smith's notebooks
Malcolm Bangor-Jones, Landholding, settlement and vernacular heritage in west Ardnamurchan
David L. Roberts, Archaism and aberration in Scottish arch design
Robin Callander, Corrugated iron building, Gaodhail, Glen Forsa, Mull and a hooded fireplace, Tor na Sean Airidh, Mull
Elizabeth Beaton, William J. Howard, William S. Hossack, Buildings and architectural traditions in North-East Scotland c. 1600-1914
Nick Brown, The doocots of Moray
Meg Buchanan, St Kilda explored

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 20 (1996)
Nick Brown et al. Craibstone Limekilns, Deskford
Roy Wentworth and John Sanders, Udrigle House.
Paul Newman and Jocelyn Rendall Verracott, North Ronaldsay: a case for rescue and conservation.
Paul Newman Wooden Lum at Verracott, North Ronaldsay.
Jocelyn Rendall, Scone House at Garso, North Ronaldsay.
Mike Finnie, An Introduction to the Haa Houses of Shetland.
Mike Finnie and Alastair Hamilton Belmont House.
John G. Harrison Mudstone Slates in Early Modern Stirling.
Elizabeth Beaton The Granary, Portsoy, Banffshire.
James Hardie, Sutherland: two cruck houses 1965-66.
Croft 120, Clachtoll, Maidenloch.
Graham Douglas, Corbel Brackets.
Pamela and Laurence Draper, A Note on the Old Settlement at Keil, Isle of Muck.
Elizabeth Beaton, Rothiemay Kilnbarn, Banffshire - Addendum.
Veronica Steele, The Alexander Archer Collection.

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 21 (1997)
Bruce Walker and Christopher McGregor, Possible Antecedents to Scottish Earth Building Practices in the Mediterranean Countries.
Stephen Whymant, Johan Cottage.
W. Ashley Bartlam, Gazebo at Milton Brodie.
Pamela and Laurence Draper, A Note on the old settlement at Keil, Isle of Muck.
Jocelyn Rendall and Paul Newman, Westray Buildings Preservation Trust.
Graham J. Douglas, Howlin House, Howlin, Eigg.
Veronica Steele and Ronnie Robertson, SVBWG Visit to the Highland Folk Park, Newtonmore, 23 August, 1997.


Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 22 (1998)
Vice Admiral Sir Roderick MacDonald KBE, Black House.
R. C. Callander, Remains of a Hearse House at Parkgate, Kirkmichael Parish, Dumfriesshire.
Paul Newman, The Crow's Nest, Rackwick, Hoy: an account of the reconstruction of two roofs.
Jocelyn Rendall and Paul Newman, South Hamar, Westray, Orkney.
Sheila Garson, Some traditional buildings: Hollandstoun, Shapinsay, Orkney.
Harry Gordon Slade, Harling and Vernacular, or, 'We are all gentlemen now'.
Ken Fawell, Carmichael Mill.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 23 (1999) (Shetland Special Edition)
Professor Alexander Fenton, Foreword
Brian Smith, 18th and 19th Century Shetland: the historical background.
Ronnie Robertson, Warming the kirk: 18th-century heating (?) at Lunna Kirk.
Elizabeth Beaton, Lunt Stanes.
Bruce Walker and Chris McGregor, Herring gutters' bothies in Shetland.
Nick Brown, Sand Lodge Doocot, Sandwick, Shetland.
Alastair Hamilton, Shetland's Camping Bods.

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 24 (2000)
Rose Pipes, Edinburgh's Colonies.
Harry Gordon Slade, Two Designs for a lodging for Sir James Clerk of Penicuik at the head of the Blackfriars Wynd, Edinburgh.
P I Newman, Needled roofs in Orkney in 2000.
P I Newman, Stone Igloos: Circular Pig Houses in Orkney.
Jocelyn Rendall, Click Mills east and west.
Elizabeth Beaton and Harry Gordon Slade, The Kiln Barn, Rothiemay, Banffshire.
P D. Humphreys, The 19th-century pavement works at Harrow, Caithness.
Audrey Dakin, De Ruralibus Locis.
Elizabeth Beaton, Porterage: an English Equivalent to the Shetland Lunt Stane.


Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 25 (2001)
W A Bartlam, The Morayshire Brick and Tile Works: A vanished industry.
Sabina Strachan, The Haa of Cruister, Bressay, Shetland.
Elizabeth Beaton and Nick Brown, Recording Scotland's Doocots - an ambitious, yet exciting, SVBWG challenge.
J E C Peters, Shoemakers' Land, Linlithgow, West Lothian.
Alexander Fenton and Elizabeth Beaton, Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group - Past, Present and Future.

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 26 (2002)
Paul Newman, Thatch Traditions in Orkney Farm Buildings.
Elizabeth Beaton, SVBWG Doocot Recording and Publishing Progress Report.
Norma Aldred & Neil Gregory, Scottish Architects' Papers from Rural Practices in the Highlands and North East.
Robin Callander, Note on a Sheep House, Shap Wells, Cumbria.
Bill Millan, A Survey of Buildings 9-11 Mansefield Street, Bathgate, West Lothian.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 27 (2003)
David Alston, Who Built Cromarty?
Geoff Leet, Skewputts at Cromarty and Lybster
Elizabeth Beaton, Miller's House, Montcoffer, Banffshire
Elizabeth Beaton, Dunmaglass, Inverness-shire; Late 19th Century Images...
Robin Callander, Roving Records
Barbara Stuart, A Barn on the Priorslynn Farm in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire
Bill Millan, The Pantile Experience

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 28 (2004)
Elizabeth Beaton, Seatowns of the Banffshire-Aberdeenshire Coast: Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan
Roger Leitch, Coastal Salmon Buildings and Associated Structures
Stephanie B Stevenson, 'Houses of the Meaner Sort...'
Andrew M Sherriff, 21 Shore Street, Anstruther, Fife
Veronica Fraser, Records of Vernacular Buildings Made by John Lessels, Architect (1809-83)
Sarah Parkinson, Vernacular Buildings in Scotland's First National Park

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 29 (2005)
Rosalin Barker, Whitby, North Yorkshire: Changes in shipping practice and their effect on the town
M Dalland, T G Holden and G F Geddes, The Old Farmhouse, Ewingston, Humbie, East Lothian
William I Millan, The Bathville Brick
Geoffrey Stell, Swiss Cottage, Fochabers, Moray: A summary account
Elizabeth Beaton, Doors Open Day, Moray 24 September 2005
Dave Hutchinson, Croft 219 Rossal: An abandoned Sutherland crofthouse

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 30: Furniture and Fittings in the Traditional Scottish Home (2006)
David Jones, Surveying the Landscape
Dave Hutchinson, The Vernacular Furniture Maker: His tools and craft
R Ross Noble, Highland Vernacular Furniture and Context
Stephen Jackson, Recent Fieldwork in Argyll
Crissie White, Soft Furnishings in the Vernacular Home
Elizabeth Beaton, Moirlanich: A Perthshire longhouse and its fittings
Elizabeth Hancock, Collecting and Display in Museums, Vernacular Furniture in Glasgow, 1900-1950
Crissie White, Furnished Vernacular Dwellings in Scotland Open to the Public

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 31 (2007-8)
Richard Craig, The restoration of Wynd Lodge, Elie
Penelope Walker, Recesses used by traditional beekeepers in Scotland to protect skeps in winter
David Connolly, Cousland Nunnery - or is it?
John R Sherriff, Two Speyside Kilns
Hilary K Murray, Clay and bool construction near Urquhart, Morayshire
Graeme Collie, An examination of the different forms of vertical water mills in Orkney
Charles Hazard, Dry stone dykes of the Estonian Islands
Geoffrey Stell, Kenneth McCrae's memories of an engineering apprenticeship in Glasgow in the 1930s

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 32 (2008-9)
Paul Newman, Miles of simmens and an army of volunteers: a traditional thatched roof project in Orkney, 2002-4
Andrew P K Wright, The Caithness Redundant Buildings Inventory
Graeme J Collie, A comparison of the horizontal water mill at Dounby, Orkney, with those found in Shetland
Graeme J Collie, Whin mills a uniquely Doric phenomenon?
Stephen Copp, The conservation of the old schoolhouse at Logie, Montrose
Veronica Fraser, The Violet Banks Collection
Ingval Maxwell, The early days of the SVBWG: some personal recollections

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 33 (2009-10)
John G Harrison, Building Cowane's Hospital, Stirling, 1636-50
Ted Salthouse, The horizontal water wheel
Dave Hutchinson, The heather huts at Drumlanrig Castle
Dave Hutchinson, Snaidheadair - worker with wood in Scotland
Brian Wilkinson, Scotland's Rural Past: improving knowledge and raising awareness through community involvement

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 34 (2010-11)
Thorsten Hanke, Chimney roof and plan in Scottish domestic architecture
Anne Crone and Coralie Mills, The Native Oak and Pine dendrochronology project - and some observations on timber and woodworking in Scottish buildings, c.1450-1800
Paul Bishop, Whin millstones in Baldernock, western Central Belt
Ross Murray and Bruce Walker, Cairniebottom, East Ayrshire: case study of a nineteenth-century smallholding
Andrew P K Wright, A history of the thatched house at Lonbain, Applecross, Wester Ross
Nick Brown, Clay thatch roof at 35 Main Street, Newmill, Keith, Moray

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 35 (2011-12)
Daniel Rhodes and Tamlin Barton, Hamilton's Land, 42-44 High Street, Linlithgow: a late medieval townhouse
Sonya Linkskaill, St Fillan's Episcopal Church, Killin: conservation of a tin tabernacle
Tim Holden, Moirlanich Longhouse, Killin: changing techniques in thatching
Hugh Dinwoodie, Courrour Old Lodge
Paul Bishop, Holding our buildings together: pegs, hand-wrought nails, cut nails and wire nails
Dave Hutchinson, Brickmaking in the early penal settlements of New South Wales, Australia

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 36 (2012-13)
Munro Dunn, The doocots of the Scottish Borders
Suki Urquhart, Saving, moving and rebuilding a B-listed tin tabernacle in the Highlands
Alistair Robertson, The rediscovery of 'Carss Castell'; a medieval hall-house within Kerse House, Grangemouth
Andrew P K Wright, The history of Beaton's Cottage, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye
Niall A Logan, Wester Acredyke, reconsidered
Dave Hutchinson, Sundial Cottage, Penpont, Dumfriesshire

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 37 (2013-14) Aul'-farrant wyes o biggin: Essays in memory of Sandy Fenton
Margaret A Mackay, Alexander Fenton (1929-2012)
Catherine Gillies, Sandy Fenton and the Hope MacDougall Collection
Hugh Cheape, 'Every timber in the forest for MacRae's House': creel houses in the Highlands
Gavin Sprott, Auld Stronpatrick: an old Galloway farm
John G Harrison, Clay and the buildings of the Bannockburn estate in 1716
Malcolm Bangor-Jones, Searching for survivors: vernacular buildings around Muir of Ord, Ross and Cromarty
Nick Brown, Auchmacoy doocot, near Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Jocelyn Rendall, The Northern Isles: tradition and renovation

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 38 (2014-15)
Paul Bishop, Horse gins in Baldernock, East Dunbartonshire
Sybil Cavanagh and Munro Dunn, Doocots of West Lothian
Nick Brown, The keepers' steading, Covesea Skerries Lighthouse, Lossiemouth
Niall A Logan, South Craigend and Cornhill: Reading the ruins
Rhona Ramsay, Scottish Travellers: The northern bow tent
David L Roberts, Window Tax
John R Hume, Houses in Broad Street, Stirling

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageVernacular Building 39 (2015-16)
Bob Clark, Auchindrain: Living and working with vernacular rural buildings
Sonya Linskaill, Tomintoul Croft: conservation and adaptation of a nineteenth-century croft house
Brian Wilkinson, Bennet House: a study house in Culross
Alastair Weir, North Ayrshire water-powered mills survey
Paul Bishop, Doocots in East Dunbartonshire: a preliminary compilation
Niall A Logan, The Baldernock parish boundary stones
Lizzie Induni, The cultural significance of corrugated iron

 
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Volumes 6, 8, 9, 16 & 17 of Vernacular Building have been out of print for varying lengths of time but there is still a demand for them, especially from new members or institutions wishing to have complete sets. Small numbers have now been photographically reproduced and bound by stapling (not by stitching as were the original runs of volumes 16 & 17) at very reasonable cost. Please see the Printable Order Form.
 
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REGIONAL AND THEMATIC STUDIES etc.

Front cover - click for a larger imageMaterials and Traditions in Scottish Building; Essays in Honour of Sonia Hackett, Anne Riches and Geoffrey Stell (eds) 1992.
Chapters include:
'A Good Doctor': Sonia Hackett, HBM Architect John Knight
Medieval Structures as Historical Documents, Richard Fawcett
Sources for the Study of Farm Buildings, Anne Riches
Notes on Surveying Techniques, Graham Douglas and Ian Gray
Stone: The Changing Perception of Traditional Build, Ingval Maxwell
Traditional Lime Mortar, Pat Gibbons
Claywall, Bruce Walker
Sources of Slate in Banffshire and Aberdeenshire, Elizabeth Beaton
Iron in Building in Scotland: Its Use and Conservation, John R Hume
Glazed Windows in Scotland and the Use of Metals, Elizabeth Whitfield
A Note on Medieval Timber Flooring and Roofing, Geoffrey Stell
Taighean Tugha Tirisdeach/The Thatched Houses of Tiree, James R Souness

Front cover - click for a larger imageRailway Sleeper Buildings: A Study of Examples in the Badenoch and Strathspey District in the Highland Region, Derek Kerr, 1986.
An overview of an important building type often overlooked.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageBuilding Materials of the Scottish Farmstead, Ingval Maxwell, 1996.
An overview of materials and their uses including Walling Materials (stone, render, masonry features, clay, brickwork, fireclay and incidental detail) and Roof Coverings (thatch, slate, tile, timber, metal, concrete).

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageThe Ruins of Craibstone Limekilns, Deskford, Nick A Brown, 1996.
Outcome of a visit to the kilns by 29 Group Members, this booklet discusses the local background and history of the site, the methods of burning lime and the way the site was worked before presenting a detailed survey of the site and describing the methodology of the survey.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageHarbour Lights in Scotland, John R Hume, 1997.
As the Introduction concludes: Scotland's harbour lights form a distinctive minor building type, clearly illustrating approaches to harbour design and illumination over nearly two centuries. The ingenious use of a range of materials, changing as new technology became available is striking. The Introduction is followed by a Gazetteer illustrated with line drawings of surviving harbour lights.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageThe Hearth in Scotland, 2001.
Proceedings of a joint SVBWG/ School of Scottish Studies conference, this is an overview of the central feature of the Scots home, from earliest times to the recent past. It takes in archaeological evidence, the distinctive chimney pieces of grand Scots homes, the hearth in folklore, in Victorian genre paintings and as depicted on the remarkable Dumfries 'Freedom Box'.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageRural Architecture in the North Isle of Man, Sue Cannell, 2001.
Developed from the notes produced for the Group's visit to the Isle of Man in 1993, this is the first overview of the material. The buildings are put firmly into their social and economic context and there is a useful glossary of Manx terms for the buildings and their component parts.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageDoocots of Scotland: Moray, N A Brown, 2004.
Doocots or dovecotes are amongst the oldest farm buildings in Scotland, originally intended to house doves farmed for their flesh. Early cook-books contain many recipes for pies, roasts and stews. The cotes are fascinating and varied, ranging from the architecturally significant to simple structures.

This publication not only records doocots in a historically important and fertile area of north-east Scotland, it is also the first in a series of regional guides devoted to the subject published by the SVBWG. Similar publications covering North and South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, East Lothian and the Highlands and Islands are in course of preparation.

'The Doocots of Scotland: Moray' stems from many years research by Nick Brown. It provides comprehensive notes on the buildings and pigeon farming besides a detailed gazetteer and is fully illustrated by the author.

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageDoocots of Scotland: Lanarkshire, M Dunn, 2006.
Doocots of Lanarkshire is the second of regional guides to doocots, written by Munro Dunn who is a native of the area. He has catalogued over 50 known cotes with descriptive notes, illustrations and background history for the 25 surviving.

 

 

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageDoocots of Scotland: Highland, Orkney and Shetland, E Beaton, 2008.
Doocots of Lanarkshire is the third of regional guides to doocots, written by Elizabeth Beaton who has written extensively on Highland vernacular buildings. Information is presented on around fifty surviving doocots, with many 'lost doocots' recorded.

 

 

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageDoocots of Scotland: East Lothian, M Dunn and DW Elder, 2010.
Doocots of East Lothian is the fourth regional guide to doocots, written by Munro Dunn and David Elder. Information is presented on fifty-two surviving doocots, with many 'lost doocots' recorded.

 

 

 

Front cover - click for a larger imageDoocots of Scotland: The Scottish Borders, M Dunn, 2013.
Doocots of the Scottish Borders is the fifth regional study of doocots, and is written by Munro Dunn. This is an off-print of an article in Vernacular Building 36.

 
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