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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.


Status: Designated


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


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRHU 46447 43127
  • Coordinates446447, 1143127


Circa 1790. 2-storey, 3-bay near-symmetrical house of rectangular plan. Harled walls. E (principal) elevation: modern vertically-boarded timber door at ground offset to left of centre; regular fenestration in flanking bays and at 1st floor. S gable: single window to left at 1st floor. N gable: modern vertically-boarded timber door (to salt store) centred at ground, single windows to right at 1st floor and attic. W (rear) elevation: asymmetrical 3-bay elevation with windows at 1st floor in bay to centre and right, small windows at ground flanking centre.

Timber sash and case windows; 12-pane to principal openings, 4 and 8-pane elsewhere. Stone slab pegged roof with stone ridge; harled apex stacks with thackstanes, coped, with circular cans.

INTERIOR: modern museum interior of 1987.

Statement of Special Interest

The Bod of Gremista is best known as the birthplace of Arthur Anderson. His father Robert - an Unst man - had impressed Arthur Nicolson of Lochend sufficiently to be placed in charge of fishcuring operations at Gremista. He moved to the recently built Bod with his wife, Elizabeth Ridland of Dundrossness, and their eldest child Arthur was born in 1972. After a starting his career in the Royal Navy, Arthur co-founded the Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Company with Brodie McGhie Willcox. Concerned for the conditions of the Shetland people, he served as Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland from 1847 to 1852 and founded the Anderson Educational Institute (see separate listing) in 1862. After an initial restoration of circa 1970, it was further restored as a museum in 1987.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p23. Bod of Gremista Management Committee THE BOD OF GREMISTA (1989). James W Irvine LERWICK (1985) p95, 277. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p494.

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Listed Buildings

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