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Old Kirk, Whiteness

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.2096 / 60°12'34"N

Longitude: -1.2911 / 1°17'27"W

OS Eastings: 439393

OS Northings: 1147457

OS Grid: HU393474

Mapcode National: GBR R15R.F3N

Mapcode Global: XHD2Y.LNK1

Plus Code: 9CGW6P55+RH

Entry Name: Old Kirk, Whiteness

Listing Name: Whiteness, St Ola's Kirk, Including Graveyard Wall

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352622

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18560

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Parish: Tingwall

Traditional County: Shetland

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1837. 1x3-bay former hall church of rectangular plan with bellcote to W (entrance) gable and gabled vestry wing projecting from E (rear) gable. Harled walls with droved ashlar margins. Projecting cills to windows.

W (ENTRANCE) GABLE: symmetrical, 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber door with rectangular fanlight centring gable, 16-pane timber sash and case window rising into gablehead surmounted by ashlar birdcage bellcote with corniced pyramidal stone cap.

S AND N ELEVATIONS: regularly fenestrated with tall 5-pane timber fixed-lights in each bay.

E (REAR) GABLE: single-flue gablehead stack to vestry wing (with modern lean-to addition to N) projecting at centre with window in principal gablehead above.

Purple-grey slate roofs, ashlar skew-copes with bracketted skewputts.

GRAVEYARD WALL: random rubble wall with concrete cope enclosing graveyard to S; wall terminated at church by single battered rubble pier with concrete cap

Statement of Interest

A former parish church, St Olaf's has now been converted to a house but retains its original appearance when viewed from the road. The church is a very prominent landmark in its picturesque setting on the shore of the Loch of Strom.

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