Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HP 60256 9582
460256, 1209582


1764. 6 x 1-bay near-symmetrical traditional hall church. Harl-pointed rubble walls with sandstone ashlar dressings and margins, chamfered at arrises.

E GABLE: symmetrical; round-arched doorway centred at ground with round-arched window centred in gablehead above.

S ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; windows below wallhead flanking centre; doorway in penultimate bay to left, window in penultimate bay to right; window in bay to outer left, and at eaves in bay to outer right.

W GABLE: matching E gable.

N ELEVATION: window margins surviving in full-height opening to right of centre, closed by cast-iron railings with fleur-de-lys finials. Low rubble-infilled doorway to outer left.

INTERIOR: joist-holes of U-plan gallery (now gone) along N wall and to outer left and right of S wall. Series of memorial enclosures comprising droved ashlar dwarf walls surmounted by cast-iron railings with fleur-de-lys finials.

KIRKYARD: random rubble wall enclosing kirkyard; stone stile to N of kirk; modern timber gate to W, square cement-rendered gatepiers with pyramidal caps and 2-leaf timber gates to E. Series of rubble-walled enclosures to NE. Late 19th century memorials to S comprising concrete dwarf walls surmounted by decorative cast-iron brattishing.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. This church was built for the combined parishes of Unst. Its missing gable peak was reputedly demolished by a lightning strike in the 1920s.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p76.

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