Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
Walls And Sandness
HU 18645 57830
418645, 1157830


Later 18th century. 2-storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical former laird?s house with single storey M-roofed wing to rear forming square plan. Harled walls with painted margins to window. Eaves course. Projecting window cills, margined corners. Entrance door at ground in centre bay of principal (NE) elevation with windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

SE ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 2-bay gable of principal range to right, single window at ground in bay to right, regular fenestration at 1st floor, small square window in bay to right at attic. 3-bay rear wing extending to left, with door in centre bay, gabled projection in right bay, and window in left bay.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: symmetrical, single storey rear wing advanced at centre; parapet linking 3-flue apex stacks to M-roof.

NW ELEVATION: single storey lean-to to blank gable of principal range at left, rear wing extending to right.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof to principal range, glass M-roof to rear wing, painted ashlar bracketted skew-copes. Harled gablehead stacks, coped with circular cans.

GARDEN WALLS AND GATEPIERS: garden fronting principal elevation enclosed to NE by harled wall gate at centre comprising square stugged sandstone gatepiers with pyramidal caps; rectangular enclosures flanking central garden to NW and SE.

Statement of Special Interest

Melby House was the seat of the Scotts of Melby until 1895. A prominent landmark in this part of the west mainland, its proportions show a distinct similarity to Burrastow House which dates from 1759.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p57.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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