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Brettabister, St Ola's (Nesting) Kirk (Church of Scotland), Including Memorial Enclosure

A Category B Listed Building in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.3017 / 60°18'6"N

Longitude: -1.1199 / 1°7'11"W

OS Eastings: 448744

OS Northings: 1157829

OS Grid: HU487578

Mapcode National: GBR R1LH.TS1

Mapcode Global: XHF9C.TBYF

Entry Name: Brettabister, St Ola's (Nesting) Kirk (Church of Scotland), Including Memorial Enclosure

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352661

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18589

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Nesting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Parish: Nesting

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

1794. 4 x 1-bay symmetrical hall church of rectangular plan. Harl-pointed rubble walls with sandstone margins and details.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, tall round-arched windows flanking centre with fixed Y-traceried timber glazing; 12-pane timber glazing to outer bays.

W ELEVATION: symmetrical, vertically-boarded timber infill to doorway centring elevation with 3-pane fanlight in keystone arch-head.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: symmetrical; gabled vestry wing projecting at centre with vertically-boarded timber infill to door in E side, 4-pane timber fixed-light to W side, and tall square gablehead stack.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: matching E elevation, but with 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber door, square ashlar plinth breaking eaves and rising to open-work birdcage bellcote with stepped pyramidal cap (bell absent 1996).

Modern grey tile cladding to bell-cast piended principal roof and vestry.

INTERIOR: stone flagged entrance porches to E and W; flagged centre aisle to ground floor. Timber fittings to hall including 4-panel doors, vertically-boarded wainscoting, horizontally-boarded pews with panelled fronts to S of centre aisle, grained pews flanking canted panelled and grained pulpit accessed by balustraded stair, grained back panel rising to corniced circular canopy sounding board with octagonal ogee dome terminated by urn finial. Timber half-turn stairs rising from porches and accessing U-plan gallery with horizontally-boarded pews, panelled front over dentilled cornice, supported by timber columns. Timber-lined coombed ceiling with decorative ventilators.

MEMORIAL ENCLOSURE: concrete-coped harl-pointed rubble wall enclosing memorials at centre of S elevation accessed by cast-iron gate in E side, sandstone Greek Revival headstone containing marble memorial slab to Reverend Inches.

Statement of Interest

In ecclesiastical use. The modern grey tile roofing material is out of character with this otherwise complete example of an 18th century Shetland church, which has survived without internal re-organisation or the addition of entrance porches to the gables.

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