Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - See notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 48451 69019
448451, 1169019


Earlier 19th century. Cottage comprising single storey and attic 1 x 2-bay principal block with symmetrical Gothick show-front to NW gable, and single storey 2-bay wing adjoining SW gable. Harl-pointed rubble and drystone walls.

NE (PRINCIPAL) GABLE: symmetrical, base course, blind window centred at ground, pointed-arched blind window centred above and rising into gablehead; buttress-like walls flanking gable with blind windows matching centre at ground, and terminated by square piers with bracketted copes (matching skewputts) to outer left and right.

SE ELEVATION: single window to principal block offset to left of centre; wing recessed at left with door in bay to right and window in bay to left.

SW GABLE: blank, with small rubble buttress at corner to right.

NW ELEVATION: door in bay to left, and small infilled window in bay to right, of principal block; rubble-infilled door centring wing elevation recessed to right.

Stone slabs with inscribed glazing bars to blind windows in NE gable.

Low 2-flue gablehead stacks to SW gables; rubble skew-copes with bracketted ashlar skewputts to NE gable.

INTERIOR: fireplaces to each floor in SW gable of principal block; timber surround surviving at attic. Fireplaces with raised hearths in E and W corners of wing.

Statement of Special Interest

A Group with Lunna House, Fishing Booth, Folly, Former Schoolhouse, Lunna Harbour, St Margaret's Kirk, Steading, Walled Garden, and West Gates. The small rooms suggest this building simply functioned as a cottage but was sited on axis with Lunna House and the folly so that its NW gable would perhaps give the appearance of a small chapel. Forming a focus beyond the west gates and an ancient religious site, this building is an essential part of Shetland's best historic designed landscape.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p 60.

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.

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