Camserney Longhouse

Camserney Longhouse
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Camserney Longhouse

Located at Nether Camserney, a short distance southwest of Camserney and a 2½ miles (4 km) west of Aberfeldy, the Camserney Longhouse is the last remnant of an 18th-century fermtoun. It represents an outstanding example of a traditional cruck-framed building, which once would have housed a family next to their animals.

Last occupied in the 1950s, the structure was restored to its original form between 1993-97 by the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust in partnership with the owners. The eastern section was roofless and dilapidated, while the western section had been stabilised with a corrugated-iron roof. The original ash cruck frames remained under the corrugated-iron and could be re-used, while replacement crucks were built of the same design for the eastern section. A new roof in the vernacular style was put on, using traditional turf and rye-straw.

The longhouse measures 22m (72 feet) in length by 5.5m (18 feet) wide. Inside are two original 'hanging lums', chimneys suspended from the roof, one constructed in the 18th century from wattle-and-daub and one from the 19th century in lath-and-plaster. The floors are of earth and flag-stones, with a small collection of locally-sourced artefacts displayed.

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