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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: C
  • Date Added: 12/08/1996


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRHU 47907 41050
  • Coordinates447907, 1141050


Mid to later 19th century. 2-storey over basement, 3-bay asymmetrical Tudor house of L-plan. Harl-pointed sandstone walls with stugged and droved dressings and details. Base course, margined windows with chamfered reveals.

NW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: 4-panel timber entrance door with 2-pane fanlight and hoodmould over centred at principal floor and accessed by stone steps with harled side walls. Dormer window breaking eaves above, offset slightly to right with gabled stone dormerhead; matching dormer in bay at right. Gabled left bay, slightly advanced, wide window centred at principal floor, slit window in gablehead.

NE ELEVATION: asymmetrical 2-bay elevation comprising slightly advanced gabled bay at left with wide basement and principal floor windows. Narrow basement windows flanking centre in bay at right, dormer breaking eaves above, matching those at principal front.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; blank gabled end of principal elevation advanced in bay to left, gabled rear elevation of NE elevation recessed in bay at right containing tall stair window to left and garden door at right.

Multi-pane timber sash and case windows with lying-pane sashes at 1st floor and 16-pane stair window. Grey slate roof with cast-iron gutters and downpipes, hoppered with decorative brackets at principal elevation. Stugged and droved ashlar stacks comprising bases with defined flues, deep copes and tall circular cans. Ashlar skews copes with bracketted block skewputts.

INTERIOR: panelled inner entrance door with 2-pane etched glass upper. Timber internal stair with cast-iron balusters and timber handrail. panelled doors and shutters.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATES: random rubble boundary walls to garden. Droved ashlar gatepiers with bases and gabled caps; flanking quadrant walls with timber picket gate at right.

Statement of Special Interest

The intersecting gabled ranges produce a striking and deceptively sophisticated design. The pronounced central astragal to the window sashes is a common feature to be found on buildings by the architect

J & W Smith of Aberdeen, who designed the Anderson Institute around same time this building was built.

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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.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

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