Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 48786 42108
448786, 1142108


Early to earlier 19th century. Symmetrical U-plan steading comprising central 2-storey tower with flanking L-plan wings. Harled walls with droved and polished ashlar dressings. Margined openings to principal elevation.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 2-stage tower slightly advanced at centre; segmental cart-arch to flagged pend at ground, partially blind window to maid's bedroom above with ogee cornice at eaves of pyramidal roof. Vertically-boarded timber doors (louvered at left) in flanking wings.

S ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 4 bays with 4-pane timber windows in bays to left of centre, and slit ventilators in bays to right of centre. Rubble wall extending to E; wallhead curving down infilled gate at junction with drystone wall extending S.

E (REAR) ELEVATION: courtyard with variety of openings; slated rubble lean-to E wall of ranges.

N ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 5 bays with vertically-boarded timber door in bay to outer left, louvered timber infill to opening in bay to outer right, slit ventilators of various sizes in centre bays.

Fish-scale slate pyramidal roof with weathercock at apex at tower; cement-rendered and lined wallhead stacks centring sides of tower, coped with circular cans. Piended stone slab roof with cast-iron skylights to wings (partially clad with corrugated sheeting, 1996).

Statement of Special Interest

The W range contained stable accommodation with a dairy and hen house in the N range, and a byre for one cow in the S range. This is a charming building on account of its diminutive scale, but is an essential feature in the policies of Gardie House.



John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p471. Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p84.

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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