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Listed Building

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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 47702 41300
  • Coordinates447702, 1141300


1906. 3-storey, 3-bay tenement with chamfered corner bay to W and 2-bay angled E elevation. Renaissance detailing to stugged squared and snecked sandstone principal elevations with polished ashlar dressings; harl-pointed stugged rubble rear elevation. Base course, cill courses at all floors, corniced shopfront, 2nd floor, and eaves. Wallhead raised to scroll-flanked corniced parapets at angled end elevations.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical, with additional chamfered corner bay to left. Tenement door centred at ground flanked by panelled pilasters with paired brackets at frieze and segmental pediments over cornice. Tripartite windows at 1st and 2nd floors above, latter corniced, rising into raised and corniced parapet with carved panels and pyramidal finials. Bipartite windows at 1st and 2nd floor in bay to left. Chamfered corner bay blank at ground, corniced window at 2nd floor rising into raised and corniced wallhead.

E ELEVATION: 6-panel, 2-leaf timber shop door with plate glass fanlight at ground adjacent to corner, strip pilasters flanking, matching those of S elevation, 2-pane timber fixed-light to shop window at ground in bay to right; tripartite windows at floors above, corniced parapet at eaves surmounted at right by corniced pediment with circlet in tympanum.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated, 3 wallhead stacks and

2 gabled dormers breaking eaves.

Timber sash and case windows, predominantly with 2-pane lower sashes and 6-pane uppers. Purple-grey slate roof with red ridge tiles and cast-iron gutters and downpipes. Stugged and coped apex stack with circular cans to W gable.

Statement of Special Interest

In 1906, Mr George Leslie of Laxfirth bought the premises known as Victoria Wharf (formerly owned by John Robertson) and had the block rebuilt as the Ellesmere Buildings. This is a building of distinctive character in a prominent site turning the corner from the Esplanade to the Market Cross, therefore making an essential contribution to the streetscape of the harbour.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p21. James R Nicolson LERWICK HARBOUR (1966) p63.

About Designations

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

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. 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.

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