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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 47777 41121
  • Coordinates447777, 1141121


Early 19th century. 2-storey and attic over raised basement 3-bay symmetrical house of rectangular plan with lean-to stair projection at rear. Harled walls with droved and painted ashlar dressings. Margined windows with projecting cills.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; architraved and corniced 6-panel entrance door centred at principal floor, deep-set with flanking fluted pilasters and 4-pane fanlight. Door approached by stone stair with harled sides and cast-iron balusters with wrought-iron handrails. Regular fenestration in bays at basement, principal floor, and 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: symmetrical; 2-bay gable with windows in bays to right and left at principal floor only.

E (REAR) ELEVATION: symmetrical; regularly fenestrated with lean-to projection at centre.

S ELEVATION: blank gable end.

Timber sash and case windows, predominantly 4-pane, 12-pane centred at rear elevation, 16-pane at basement. Purple-grey slate roof; cast-iron downpipe with hopper; 3-light piend-roofed, slate-hung canted timber dormers to W pitch; 4-pane timber sash and case windows with plate glass sidelights, and wrought-iron finials at ridges. Tall harled apex stacks, cavetto-moulded concrete copes with battered and banded circular red cans. Ashlar skew copes.

BOUNDARY WALLS: rubble retaining wall with droved ashlar cope to street; flagged basement area with symmetrically disposed stone steps. Harled wall with concrete cope and timber gate to rear garden.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly the town residence of the Bruces of Symbister (Whalsay), this is a rare example of a larger house from this period of prosperity and rapid growth in Lerwick.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p24.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

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.

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