Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 36666 88637
436666, 1188637


1878. Mission chapel and house comprising single storey and attic 3-bay house to S, and single storey 3-bay chapel to N giving 6-bay asymmetrical principal elevation to E. Harled walls with droved ashlar margins to openings and projecting cills at windows.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical 6-bay elevation (grouped 3-3). Vertically-boarded entrance door with 2-pane fanlight to house in penultimate bay to left; regular fenestration in flanking bays. 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber entrance door with 2-pane fanlight to chapel in bay to right of centre; regular fenestration in bays to right.

N GABLE: symmetrical 2-bay elevation with tall windows in each bay, rising into gablehead; gabled painted ashlar bellcote with bell in pointed-arched opening at apex.

S GABLE: single attic window to left.

Timber sash and case windows; 12-pane lying-pane pattern to house and chapel in principal elevation, 16-pane lying-pane pattern to N gable, 4-pane to S gable. Purple-grey slate roof with cast-iron gutters and downpipes, skew copes to end gables and party wall, harled apex stacks with copes (cavetto-moulded to S stack) and circular cans.

RAILINGS: cement-rendered and painted dwarf wall to road, terminated to N and S by square piers with pyramidal caps, hooped railings and gates.

Statement of Special Interest

In ecclesiastical use. Prominently sited by the road and waterfront, this building survives with many original details intact. Its double cottage design is unusual in Shetland and more in keeping with school and schoolhouse arrangements on the mainland.



John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p502.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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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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