Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
Walls And Sandness
HU 23923 49307
423923, 1149307


18th century. 2-storey 3-bay symmetrical double house, once part of 11-bay terrace comprising single storey and attic 3-bay shop adjoining N gable, and (now ruinous) 2-storey 3-bay house to S gable with single storey 2-bay flat-roofed byre adjoining in turn to S. Harled rubble walls.

DOUBLE HOUSE: symmetrical, 3-bay E elevation comprising pair of vertically-boarded timber doors with fanlights centred at ground, windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

SHOP: entrance door in centre bay with margined 4-pane fixed-lights in flanking bays. Small square 4-pane window to right in gablehead.

COTTAGE AND BYRE: 3 widely-spaced bays to E elevation, upper floor mostly missing, door and window respectively to right and left bays of byre at left.

9, 12, and 16-pane timber sash and case windows to double cottage. Purple-grey slate roofs to double cottage and shop with harled skew copes (wide to S gable). Harled rubble gablehead stacks with stone copes and circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Set high above the harbour, these cottages form an interesting and historic focus in Walls.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p55.

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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