Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HP 60974 9249
460974, 1209249


Earlier 19th century. 2-storey 3-bay symmetrical former manse of rectangular double-pile plan with lean-to wing to N (rear). Harled walls with painted margins to windows and corners. Projecting cills to windows.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, ball-finialled single storey gabled porch projecting at ground in centre bay; border-glazed infill to former entrance door; modern door in E side; regular fenestration in flanking bays and at 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: windows at ground and 1st floor to outer left of principal elevation and to right of centre at end elevation of wing extending to left.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: narrow window centred at 1st floor; elevation to right obscured by lean-to wing; stair window to left of centre, regular fenestration in bay to outer left.

E ELEVATION: modern T-plan single storey addition adjoining at ground to right; windows at ground and 1st floor to outer left.

Modern glazing throughout. Modern grey tile piended roof, coped 4-flue droved ashlar stacks with circular cans piercing E and W pitches. Single-flue wallhead stack to W skew of wing.

STEADING: 2 random rubble gabled buildings disposed at right angles; stone slab roofs to N end of S range, and to N range; blue slate roof to S end of S range, rubble gablehead stack and vertically-boarded timber door to S gable.

GARDEN WALLS: random rubble walls enclosing house to S and W, and enclosing walled garden to E.

Statement of Special Interest

Referred to as a manse on the Ordnance Survey maps of 1882 and 1902, it was previously the manse to Old Unst Kirk. Photographs of the late 1970s show the house with 12-pane timber sash and case windows, and with a platform roof. Removal of the windows and raising the height of the ridge has altered the appearance of the building slightly, but this still survives as one of Shetland's more sophisticated manses.



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About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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