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- Category: C
- Date Added: 12/08/1996
- Local Authority: Shetland Islands
- Planning Authority: Shetland Islands
- Burgh: Lerwick
National Grid Reference
- NGR: HU 47748 41133
- Coordinates: 447748, 1141133
William Henderson of Aberdeen 1848-50. 3 x 3-bay symmetrical gothic former hall church of rectangular plan with concealed basement, and modern addition to N. Droved ashlar principal front and stugged sandstone side elevations. Projecting cills and chamfered reveals to pointed-arched windows.
S (ENTRANCE) GABLE: entrance door centred at ground; 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber door with 5-pane radial fanlight in 3-centred arch-head above. Pointed-arched window above, segmental-arched recess containing datestone with carved tree in gablehead. Gablehead surmounted by gabled ashlar bellcote with pointed-arched opening containing bell. Buttresses with crocketted finials framing centre bay, tall pointed-arched windows in outer bays.
SIDE (E AND W) ELEVATIONS: tall pointed-arched windows in evenly-spaced bays, rectangular basement windows in outer bays.
13-pane gothic traceried fixed-light in centre bay of S elevation, 6-pane timber fixed-lights elsewhere, some with hoppers. Purple-grey slate roof with ventilator plinth centring ridge, cast-iron gutters and downpipes with hoppers. Small apex stack with octagonal can at N gable.
BOUNDARY WALLS: harl-pointed rubble dwarf wall to Hillhead (S), surmounted by droved ashlar cope and cast-iron railing, square ashlar gatepiers with pyramidal caps flanking to left and right. Rubble walls with concrete cope to E and W.
Statement of Special Interest
Ecclesiastical building, no longer in use as such. After the union of the Church of Scotland with the United Free Church in 1929, St Olaf's was renamed Lerwick UF Church when the dissident minorities left from the union gathered to form their own congregation. St Olaf's then united with St Ringan's in 1931, and the congregation chose it for worship. St Olaf's was then given to St Columba's for use as a church hall, and renamed St Olaf's Hall. The extension of 1968 to the rear does not compromise the principal views of this crisply designed building, on its prominent corner site.
E J F Clausen and T M Y Manson 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF LERWICK PARISH CHURCH (1979) p11. Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p23 and 25. Ann W Halcrow ST RINGAN?S CHURCH (1986). John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p488.
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