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Hillswick, Hillswick House, Including Gatepiers, Outbuildings, Cottage, Garden and Boundary Walls

A Category B Listed Building in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.476 / 60°28'33"N

Longitude: -1.4888 / 1°29'19"W

OS Eastings: 428205

OS Northings: 1177027

OS Grid: HU282770

Mapcode National: GBR Q1P1.LJY

Mapcode Global: XHD1J.0YGB

Entry Name: Hillswick, Hillswick House, Including Gatepiers, Outbuildings, Cottage, Garden and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352788

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18688

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Parish: Northmaven

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

Late 18th century (possibly incorporating earlier fabric), with later additions. Single storey and attic 3-bay symmetrical house presiding over courtyard to S, flanked by single storey outbuildings to W, and 2-storey wing and booth to E; additional range parallel to W with further store and cottage to N. Harled walls with painted droved sandstone ashlar dressings.

HOUSE: symmetrical, margined Venetian doorway at centre with 6-pane fixed-light flanking and radial fanlight above, ashlar forestair with cast-iron railing. Margined windows in flanking bays; gabled timber dormers with decorative barge boards breaking eaves in outer bays. Rear elevation; roofless lean-to at ground, small windows at principal floor centring elevation and to left.

W WING: single storey rubble store enclosing W side of courtyard; blank elevation to courtyard; vertically-boarded timber door centring N gable; modern opening off-set to left in S gable, 4-bay (grouped 1-3)

W elevation; 6-pane fixed-light with raised cill in each bay.

E WING: 2-storey early 19th century section to N, returned to E gable of house, stepping down to single storey 2-bay section to S; door and square window to courtyard; 2-bay S gable with door at ground in bay to left and regular fenestration in right bay and at 1st floor; irregularly fenestrated E elevation.

GATEPIERS: harled walls enclosing courtyard to S; classical square stugged sandstone ashlar gatepiers with V-jointed rustication; corniced caps with ball finials.

E RANGE: blank elevations, other than 2 vertically-boarded timber doors to outer left of W elevation, and wide vertically-boarded timber door centred at ground in S gable with fixed-light above.

STORE: aligned to N with E range, gabled with battered walls, door centring E elevation.

4 and 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Purple-grey slate roofs with concrete skew copes. Mixture of harled rubble and rubble apex stacks to gables of house and wings, stone copes with circular cans.

COTTAGE: single storey and attic cottage with 2 porches to S elevation; blank elevation to N and S.

BOUNDARY WALLS: harl-pointed rubble walls with triangular rubble cope enclosing rectangular garden to W; N wall articulated into semicircular niche at centre, and continues E to cottage.

Statement of Interest

The wing to the E of the courtyard was known until recently as The Booth public house, as it had reputedly functioned as a trading booth since Adolf Westerman, a Hamburg merchant established a booth there in 1684.

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