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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: 12/08/1996


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRHU 47560 41143
  • Coordinates447560, 1141143


Circa 1840. 2-storey 3-bay symmetrical house of rectangular plan. Harl-pointed rubble walls with polished and droved ashlar dressings. Projecting cills at windows. Pedimented ashlar porch projecting at ground in centre bay; 4-panel timber entrance door with plate glass fanlight. Regular fenestration in flanking bays and at 1st floor. Blank rubble N gable. Modern lean-to addition to rear elevation at ground with single window to left at 1st floor.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with cast-iron gutters and downpipe with hopper. Stugged and droved apex stacks (mutual to S), coped, with octagonal cans; ashlar skew copes.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: rubble walls advanced at principal elevation ends; cement-rendered and lined dwarf wall to street surmounted by ashlar cope and wrought-iron railing with spear finials; matching gate at centre with urn-finialled stanchions. Rubble boundary wall to N.

Statement of Special Interest

Gordon Cottage was built by Charles Ogilvy and was, for many years, the home of the Heddle family. A photograph of 1959 shows the house with the appropriate 12-pane timber sash and case windows. This is a good quality building from this period of prosperity in Lerwick.



James W Irvine LERWICK (1985) p95. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p493. NMRS Ref: SH/482/27. Thomas Manson LERWICK DURING THE LAST HALF CENTURY (1991) p189.

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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