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Melby, Melby House, Including Garden Walls and Gatepiers

A Category B Listed Building in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.3042 / 60°18'15"N

Longitude: -1.6644 / 1°39'51"W

OS Eastings: 418645

OS Northings: 1157830

OS Grid: HU186578

Mapcode National: GBR Q17H.Q41

Mapcode Global: XHBVN.Q81H

Entry Name: Melby, Melby House, Including Garden Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 13 August 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352715

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18629

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Walls and Sandness

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Parish: Walls And Sandness

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

Later 18th century. 2-storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical former laird?s house with single storey M-roofed wing to rear forming square plan. Harled walls with painted margins to window. Eaves course. Projecting window cills, margined corners. Entrance door at ground in centre bay of principal (NE) elevation with windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

SE ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 2-bay gable of principal range to right, single window at ground in bay to right, regular fenestration at 1st floor, small square window in bay to right at attic. 3-bay rear wing extending to left, with door in centre bay, gabled projection in right bay, and window in left bay.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: symmetrical, single storey rear wing advanced at centre; parapet linking 3-flue apex stacks to M-roof.

NW ELEVATION: single storey lean-to to blank gable of principal range at left, rear wing extending to right.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof to principal range, glass M-roof to rear wing, painted ashlar bracketted skew-copes. Harled gablehead stacks, coped with circular cans.

GARDEN WALLS AND GATEPIERS: garden fronting principal elevation enclosed to NE by harled wall gate at centre comprising square stugged sandstone gatepiers with pyramidal caps; rectangular enclosures flanking central garden to NW and SE.

Statement of Interest

Melby House was the seat of the Scotts of Melby until 1895. A prominent landmark in this part of the west mainland, its proportions show a distinct similarity to Burrastow House which dates from 1759.

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