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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 26/03/1997


  • Local Authority: Shetland Islands
  • Planning Authority: Shetland Islands
  • Parish: Lerwick

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: HU 44239 38915
  • Coordinates: 444239, 1138915


Dated 1898. 1 x 3-bay symmetrical hall church. Harl pointed stugged sandstone walls with stugged and droved dressings and details.

S (ENTRANCE) GABLE: 2 leaf vertically boarded timber door with plate glass fanlight centred at ground, plaque in chamfered frame above with inscription reading "Church of Scotland Lerwick Parish Mission Hall 1898"; blind slit window in gablehead surmounted by gabled stugged sandstone belfry with pointed-arched opening on rectangular plinth at gable apex (bell absent 1996).

E AND W ELEVATIONS: matching; pointed-arched window in each of 3 regularly spaced bays.

N GABLE: gothic traceried window in pointed arched opening with blind slit window centred in gablehead, surmounted by plain stone cross at gable apex.

Gothic traceried timber fixed lights to windows, leaded windows with coloured glass to N elevation. Purple grey slates with clay tile ridge and ashlar skew copes with bracketted and gabletted skewputts. Cast iron gutters and downpipes with octagonal hoppers. Droved ashlar wallhead stacks with circular cans rising through midpoint of S gable skews.

INTERIOR: not seen 1996.

KIRKYARD WALL, GATE AND GATEPIERS: rectangular kirkyard enclosed by random rubble wall with rounded rubble cope. Square stugged sandstone gatepiers with semicircular copes and hooped steel gate centred in N side.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Picturesquely situated on a bluff next to the stream that runs down to Gulber Wick, this small church is a familiar landmark to those passing through the valley on the main road above.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p44. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p478.

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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