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
HU 28218 77040
428218, 1177040


Late 18th century (possibly incorporating earlier fabric), with later additions. Single storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical house presiding over courtyard to S, flanked by single storey outbuildings to W, and 2-storey wing and booth to E; additional range parallel to W with further store and cottage to N. Harled walls with painted droved sandstone ashlar dressings.

HOUSE: symmetrical, margined Venetian doorway at centre with 6-pane fixed-light flanking and radial fanlight above, ashlar forestair with cast-iron railing. Margined windows in flanking bays; gabled timber dormers with decorative barge boards breaking eaves in outer bays. Rear elevation; roofless lean-to at ground, small windows at principal floor centring elevation and to left.

W WING: single storey rubble store enclosing W side of courtyard; blank elevation to courtyard; vertically-boarded timber door centring N gable; modern opening off-set to left in S gable, 4-bay (grouped 1-3)

W elevation; 6-pane fixed-light with raised cill in each bay.

E WING: 2-storey early 19th century section to N, returned to E gable of house, stepping down to single storey 2-bay section to S; door and square window to courtyard; 2-bay S gable with door at ground in bay to left and regular fenestration in right bay and at 1st floor; irregularly fenestrated E elevation.

GATEPIERS: harled walls enclosing courtyard to S; classical square stugged sandstone ashlar gatepiers with V-jointed rustication; corniced caps with ball finials.

E RANGE: blank elevations, other than 2 vertically-boarded timber doors to outer left of W elevation, and wide vertically-boarded timber door centred at ground in S gable with fixed-light above.

STORE: aligned to N with E range, gabled with battered walls, door centring E elevation.

4 and 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Purple-grey slate roofs with concrete skew copes. Mixture of harled rubble and rubble apex stacks to gables of house and wings, stone copes with circular cans.

COTTAGE: single storey and attic cottage with 2 porches to S elevation; blank elevation to N and S.

BOUNDARY WALLS: harl-pointed rubble walls with triangular rubble cope enclosing rectangular garden to W; N wall articulated into semicircular niche at centre, and continues E to cottage.

Statement of Special Interest

The wing to the E of the courtyard was known until recently as The Booth public house, as it had reputedly functioned as a trading booth since Adolf Westerman, a Hamburg merchant established a booth there in 1684.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p64. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p479.

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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