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

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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