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Okraquoy, limekiln north of Ukinsetter

A Scheduled Monument in Shetland South, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.064 / 60°3'50"N

Longitude: -1.2113 / 1°12'40"W

OS Eastings: 444006

OS Northings: 1131290

OS Grid: HU440312

Mapcode National: GBR R2C4.7MK

Mapcode Global: XHD3R.M9WN

Entry Name: Okraquoy, limekiln N of Ukinsetter

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7668

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: chemical

Location: Dunrossness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland South

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a small limekiln.

The kiln is situated on an exposed coastal slope N of the abandoned croft of Ukinsetter, in the township of Okraquoy. It is circular on plan, about 6m across, with low-level lintelled draw-holes. Limestone for the kiln may have been quarried in a nearby narrow valley.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 20m across, to include the kiln and an area around it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a small-scale limestone extraction and processing complex, and illustrates the sophisticated utilisation of local resources practised prior to the ready availability of industrially-produced chemicals and of the means to purchase them. It is also of interest for its lateral perspective on Shetland's emergence from near-subsistence economy to its present role in international resource exploitation and trade.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as HU 43 SW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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