Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HP 56693 4094
456693, 1204094

Removal Reason

The designation of this structure as a listed building will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. It will continue to be recognised as being of national importance through its designation as a scheduled monument.


Circa 1200. Substantial random rubble remains of gabled hall church (now roofless) of rectangular plan comprising round-arched doorway with inclined jambs in W gable, segmental-arched window centred above with inclined internal jambs; 3-bay S elevation comprising slit 'leper hole' at eaves to right of centre, rubble-infilled door (probably later) in bay to left and small rectangular window in bay to right.

INTERIOR: burial enclosures to Mouat family comprising classical pedimented headstones with white marble memorial slabs, and stone cross with stepped base, enclosed by ashlar dwarf wall surmounted by iron railings with spearhead and urn finials. Carving (commonly referred as a fish) to lintel of E window in S wall.

KIRKYARD WALLS AND ENCLOSURE: random rubble wall enclosing kirkyard, retaining to E side, containing variety of (mainly 19th century) headstones; older rough stone crosses adjacent to S elevation of kirk. Square extension to NW corner of yard containing memorials to Sandison family; concrete dwarf wall to E with decorative cast-iron railing.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument, No 2097. The best preserved of Shetland's pre-reformation chapels, St Olaf's is probably 12th century, although the E end appears to have been altered to rectangular form at a later date.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p75. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p496.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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