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 51646 90833
451646, 1190833


1770. 2-storey and attic 3-bay near-symmetrical former merchant's house of rectangular plan. Harled rubble walls.

N (SEAWARD) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical, door offset to left of centre at ground, blank in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

W GABLE: asymmetrical 2-bay gable with windows at 1st floor and attic in bay to left only.

S ELEVATION: door offset to right of centre at ground, raggle of former gabled porch above; windows in flanking bays, windows at 1st floor in bays to centre and left only.

E GABLE: single window to left at 1st floor.

Harled stacks and concrete skew-copes to gables.

Statement of Special Interest

Linkshouse is currently (1997) roofless with windows and doors boarded up due to a fire in the early 1990s. It is likely that the S elevation was the front of the house, and that (like the Bod of Gremista and Gardiesting) the ground floor was used for storage and trading, accounting for the lack of windows on the N elevation. Its unusual fenestration and pier-head position make it an interesting and historic focus to Mid Yell.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p69.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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