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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.

93-95 (ODD NOS) COMMERCIAL STREETReference: LB37249

Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 08/12/1971


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRHU 47737 41252
  • Coordinates447737, 1141252


18th century, with 19th and late 20th century alteration. 3-storey and attic tenement with 2-bay gable to N, and partially-obscured 3-bay elevation to E. Harled E elevation, harl-pointed rubble elsewhere, with painted stone margins at windows.

N GABLE: near-symmetrical, paired panelled timber pilasters framing shopfront comprising shop window over stall riser at right, and panelled door with glazed upper recessed at left; frieze and cornice above. Regular fenestration at 1st and 2nd floors, gablehead altered to mansard form.

E ELEVATION: 3 bays, those at centre and left obscured by modern additions. Shopfront matching N elevation in bay at right comprising shop window over stall riser with flanking paired and panelled pilasters. Regular fenestration at bay above.

W ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated at upper floors.

S GABLE: lean-to addition at ground, infilled openings at 1st floor and 2nd floor (at left).

Timber sash and case windows to original openings, 12-pane at 1st floor of gable, plate glass elsewhere. Grey slate mansard roof, segmental-headed metal-clad dormers with 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Stugged sandstone apex stacks with copes (original to S) and circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

A view by George Washington Wilson shows the S elevation partially obscured by another gabled building immediately to the N of the bank. This building now has the potential to transform this part of Commercial Street, particularly when viewed from the E. Re-instatement of the E elevation, and original roof and gable profiles, would result in a fine example of this period in Lerwick?s history that would contribute enormously to the streetscape.



Thomas Manson LERWICK DURING THE LAST HALF CENTURY (1991) plate 5.

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