Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 60893 90644
460893, 1190644


1756, with early 19th century alteration. 2-storey and attic manse comprising principal range oriented E-W with 2-storey range projecting at centre of S elevation forming T-plan with single storey wing projecting from N (rear) elevation. Harled walls with painted margins to windows.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 2-bay gable of principal range at right; regular fenestration in right bay and blank in left bay at ground and 1st floors; attic window to left in gablehead. 2-bay E elevation of S range recessed to left; glazed timber entrance porch in re-entrant angle; regular fenestration in bay to left and at 1st floor.

S ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; 2-bay gable of S range advanced at centre with windows at ground and 1st floor in bay to left, blank in bay to right; regular fenestration in flanking bays with piend-roofed, slate-hung timber dormers breaking eaves.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, modern window to right of centre at ground; window at 1st floor centred above; single storey wing advanced at outer left with single window in N gable.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 2-bay gable of principal range at left with windows to each floor in left bay, blank in right bay. S range recessed at right; stair window only to left of centre.

Plate glass and 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Purple-grey slate roof; harled gablehead stacks to principal gables and wing, all coped with circular cans.

STEADING: 2 single storey random rubble ranges, to NE of house disposed at right angles, forming approximate T-plan. Corrugated-iron clad roof to S range, slate and asbestos sheet cladding to roof of partly-ruinous N range.

WALLS, RAILINGS AND GATEPIERS: random rubble walls enclosing garden to S, wallhead of S wall raised with infilled gateway at centre; dwarf wall to E of house surmounted by decorative cast-iron railing with pyramidal caps to gatepiers at centre. Random rubble walls enclosing ground to N and E of steading.

Statement of Special Interest

The Glebe was formerly the manse to Fetlar Kirk. A photograph by Charles Spence of the early 1870s shows the house with 12-pane timber sash and case windows and a smaller, corniced, entrance porch. The S wing appears to be an early 19th century addition, altering the original haa-like appearance. John Tudor, a traveller who visited around 1880, noted: ?The Manse of Tresta is, with the exception of Tingwall, the most beautifully situated parsonage in the islands, and covered as it is in the summertime with wild trailing honey-suckle, and surrounded by small elderberry trees, has a very south of Pentland Firth feel about it?.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p78.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

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