Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 64239 89973
464239, 1189973


18th century. 2-storey, 3-bay symmetrical farmhouse with single storey gabled byre adjoining S gable; additional single storey byre adjacent to N with stable disposed at right angles beyond. Random rubble walls, harled to house.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, gabled double-doored timber porch with 2-pane fixed light centred at ground, windows at ground and 1st floors in flanking bays.

E (REAR) ELEVATION: symmetrical, 2 evenly-spaced windows at ground only.

N AND S GABLES: blank.

12-pane and 4-pane timber sash and case windows to principal elevation, 2 and 4-pane fixed-lights to rear elevation. Stone slab roof, harl-pointed rubble gablehead stacks, with stone slab copes, thackstanes, and circular cans; harled skew copes.

INTERIOR: stone-flagged floor to entrance porch; wide-boarded timber lining to walls and ceilings; 4-panel doors at ground, vertically-boarded at 1st floor; plain timber chimneypiece to S room at ground, decorative tiling to Art Nouveau cast-iron insert; open timber ceiling. Timber stair at centre; simple handrail with polygonal finials to newels. Coombed ceilings at 1st floor; boarded timber box bed in N bedroom with entrance and press doors flanking.

S BYRE: adjoining S gable of house; low S gable, timber and turf roof (partially collapsed 1997), and door centred in W wall.

N BYRE: random rubble E wall and N gable, vertically-boarded timber W wall and S gable (predominantly ruinous), some vertically-boarded internal stalls surviving, remains of turf and tarred roof.

STABLE: gabled, with rubble walls, N wall incorporating boundary wall to road; 2-bay S elevation, vertically-boarded timber door in right bay, hen hole at low level in left bay.

BOUNDARY AND KAILYARD WALLS: random rubble, E boundary wall to road, rectangular kailyard on site sloping down from house to shore at W.

Statement of Special Interest

A rare example of a farmhouse its interior and outbuildings still surviving. The beach below the kailyard was a fish-curing station, operated by Hay & CO in the mid 19th century.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p79.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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