Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 40278 39472
440278, 1139472


Late 18th century, with late 19th century alterations. 2-storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical former merchant's haa. Harled walls with margined windows and corners.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, corniced and parapetted stone entrance porch projecting at centre comprising 4-panel timber door with rectangular fanlight flanked by paired pilasters clasping corners, rising to piend-roofed timber bay window with bipartite window and sidelights at upper floor. Single storey 4-light canted and parapetted stone bay windows flanking entrance porch. Regular fenestration to outer bays at 1st floor.

W GABLE: 2-bay gable, blank at ground, window in each bay at 1st floor.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: 2-storey lean-to addition with catslide roof at centre, regular fenestration to bays at outer left and right.

E GABLE: blank.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows to principal elevation, 12-pane timber sash and case windows to W gable and rear elevation. Purple-grey slate roof, piend-roofed slate-hung canted timber dormers over outer bays of S pitch, each with 4-pane timber sash and case principal windows and plate glass sidelights. Harled and margined gablehead stacks with stone copes and octagonal cans, painted skew- copes with bracketted skewputts.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: formal arrangement of walls enclosing gardens stepping down to S; upper garden enclosed by rubble wall, lower wallhead to central portion with ashlar cope and modern railing centred by pair of tall ashlar gatepiers with corniced and ball-finialled pyramidal caps and 2-leaf cast-iron gates. Lower garden immediately to S enclosed by random rubble wall (to Main Street) with triangular cope; wall terminated to E and W by square rubble piers with pyramidal caps.

Statement of Special Interest

Gibblestone was owned by the Scott family who named it after their ancestral estate of Gibliston in Fife. The house is one of a series of merchant haas that were built by immigrant Scots lairds and became a feature of Shetland from the late 17th century until the early 19th century. Like other haas throughout the islands, Gibblestone was built with a formal relationship to the sea, the axis from the principal elevation being terminated by a pier on the other side of the road (now demolished). The single storey houses set symmetrically in the garden were built when the house was converted to flats by Richard Gibson in 1989. A photograph taken prior to conversion shows the house flanked by single storey lean-to wings.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990), p42. John Gifford HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS (1992), p507.

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.

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