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Pier House, Ulsta, Yell

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.497 / 60°29'49"N

Longitude: -1.159 / 1°9'32"W

OS Eastings: 446306

OS Northings: 1179551

OS Grid: HU463795

Mapcode National: GBR R0HZ.TX2

Mapcode Global: XHF8D.BF56

Plus Code: 9CGWFRWR+QC

Entry Name: Pier House, Ulsta, Yell

Listing Name: Ulsta, Pier House

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352778

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18679

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Yell

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Yell

Traditional County: Shetland

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Later 19th century. Single storey and loft 5-bay symmetrical former pier building (now shop), of rectangular plan. Harled and painted rubble walls with painted margins to doors and windows.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, 2-leaf flush-beaded timber door with 2-pane fanlight at ground in centre bay; 16-pane timber fixed-light shop windows in flanking bays; 2-leaf flush-beaded timber doors with plate glass fanlights in outer bays. 4-pane timber sash and case windows and stone dormerheads to dormers breaking eaves between bays flanking centre.

SW GABLE: 4-pane timber fixed-light to right at ground, harled former stair landing with parapet projecting at outer left; vertically-boarded timber loft door in gablehead at centre with stugged sandstone corbels supporting timber platt.

Purple-grey slate roof with concrete skew-copes. Rendered single-flue gablehead stacks with copes and circular cans.

Statement of Interest

A photograph of 1905 shows an open timber stair leading from the road to the loft door in the SW gable. The harled former landing suggests that this stair was replaced in the 20th century by a dog-leg arrangement leading from the yard. A photograph from the early 1970s shows the 4-bay rear elevation to be near-symmetrical, with a shouldered wallhead stack breaking the eaves in the centre, and a margined 12-pane timber sash and case window in each bay except for that to the outer right which is blank. Still in commercial use, this building is a rare surviving example of a once common focus at a Shetland pier.

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