Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 39393 47457
439393, 1147457


1837. 1x3-bay former hall church of rectangular plan with bellcote to W (entrance) gable and gabled vestry wing projecting from E (rear) gable. Harled walls with droved ashlar margins. Projecting cills to windows.

W (ENTRANCE) GABLE: symmetrical, 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber door with rectangular fanlight centring gable, 16-pane timber sash and case window rising into gablehead surmounted by ashlar birdcage bellcote with corniced pyramidal stone cap.

S AND N ELEVATIONS: regularly fenestrated with tall 5-pane timber fixed-lights in each bay.

E (REAR) GABLE: single-flue gablehead stack to vestry wing (with modern lean-to addition to N) projecting at centre with window in principal gablehead above.

Purple-grey slate roofs, ashlar skew-copes with bracketted skewputts.

GRAVEYARD WALL: random rubble wall with concrete cope enclosing graveyard to S; wall terminated at church by single battered rubble pier with concrete cap

Statement of Special Interest

A former parish church, St Olaf's has now been converted to a house but retains its original appearance when viewed from the road. The church is a very prominent landmark in its picturesque setting on the shore of the Loch of Strom.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990), p37. John Gifford HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS (1992), p517.

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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