Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
SU 48922 14815
448922, 114815


Early 19th century, 2-storey and attic, 3-bay symmetrical L-plan house (now hotel). Harled W (principal) elevation, harl-pointed rubble side and rear elevations with ashlar margined openings and projecting cills. Later flat-roofed projecting entrance porch centred at ground with fixed-light in W wall, and entrance door in N wall. Windows flanking at ground, regular fenestration at 1st floor. Irregularly fenestrated side elevations, 2-storey wing advanced at left of rear elevation with stair window in re-entrant angle, modern single storey addition extending to S and E.

Modern glazing throughout, modern slate roof, stugged sandstone and cement-rendered stacks with octagonal cans.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: formal arrangement comprising square stugged sandstone gatepiers with pyramidal caps flanking principal elevation, flagstone rubble walls enclosing gardens extending to E and W. Vertically-boarded timber door offset to right in W wall of W garden, extending on to right (S) to adjoin E wall of storehouse (see separate listing).

Statement of Special Interest

Similar in form to Mizpah House, Maryfield is a prominent landmark on Bressay when viewed from Lerwick. With the storehouse, it forms a notable group at the point where the ferry now approaches the shore. This composition and the view of Maryfield has been compromised somewhat by the building of a modern house between the two elements.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p82.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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