Listed Building

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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 51938 90712
451938, 1190712


Late 18th century, with early 19th century wing. 2-storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical T-plan former manse. Harled walls with painted droved sandstone ashlar margins. Projecting cills to windows.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, single storey piend-roofed porch in centre bay, windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

NW ELEVATION: 2-bay gable of principal range advanced at left, ground floor obscured by modern lean-to garage, windows at 1st floor and attic in bay to left only; rear wing recessed at right with window at 1st floor above modern single storey lean-to in re-entrant angle.

SW ELEVATION: near-symmetrical, 2-bay gable of rear wing advanced at centre, modern glazed single storey lean-to addition at ground to left, single window at 1st floor in bay to left; rear elevation of principal range recessed at left and right, blank, except for narrow window at re-entrant angle to right.

SE ELEVATION: blank gable of principal range advanced at right; 2-bay elevation of rear wing recessed at left with door at ground in bay to right, window in bay to left, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

Timber sash and case windows; 4-pane to principal elevation, 12 and 8-pane to rear wing. Grey slate roof with droved sandstone ashlar skew-copes. Harled gablehead stacks with stone copes and circular cans.

PAVILIONS: pair of symmetrically-disposed single storey gabled outbuildings flanking principal elevation; harl-pointed rubble walls with margined windows; grey slate roof with ball-finialled gableheads to SE pavilion (partially ruinous, 1997), corrugated-sheet cladding to roof, and modern garage door to gable of NW pavilion.

BOUNDARY WALLS: harl-pointed random rubble walls, substantially heightened by mid 20th century breeze block castellations, forming roughly square enclosure to NE front of house; drystone rubble wall enclosing larger secondary garden adjoining in turn to NE, with mid 20th century crenellated ?gate-house? centring NE wall.

Statement of Special Interest

This is a fine example of a Shetland manse, the earlier principal range being haa-like in its form, with a high wallhead concealing a garret. The Palladian layout of symmetrically-disposed pavilions is a particularly notable feature for a building of this date and type. A similar, but more agricultural version can be seen at Smithfield Haa on Fetlar. The castellations were added to the garden walls by Francis Renwick who inhabited the house in the 1960s. Although well designed, the additions detract from the Palladian form of the house which would have been enhanced by the suitably subservient scale of the original rubble garden walls.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p70.

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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