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Sand, St Mary's Chapel Chancel Arch, Including Graveyard Wall

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.2078 / 60°12'28"N

Longitude: -1.3763 / 1°22'34"W

OS Eastings: 434672

OS Northings: 1147217

OS Grid: HU346472

Mapcode National: GBR Q1YR.Q27

Mapcode Global: XHD2X.HP0C

Entry Name: Sand, St Mary's Chapel Chancel Arch, Including Graveyard Wall

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352812

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18697

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Sandsting

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Parish: Sandsting

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

Roughly L-shaped graveyard; entrance gate at NE corner with bod chancel arch adjacent S, and bod (see separate listing) integral with wall to W.

ST MARY'S CHANCEL ARCH: late mediaeval ruin comprising segmental-headed chancel arch in random rubble fragment of former chapel; rubble fragments to W and E denoting position of nave and (narrower) chancel.

GRAVEYARD: variety of enclosures with rubble walls and decorative cast-iron railings. Classical monument (currently in pieces 1996) to

S of chancel arch in memory of Garriock family; stepped base supporting central funereal urn with battered memorial stones flanking, and shallow pediment above; cast-iron obelisk stanchions to chain-link enclosure.

GRAVEYARD WALL: battered random rubble wall with triangular cope, recently rebuilt in places, harled section at SE corner.

Statement of Interest

The proximity of the old church and graveyard to the sea is a reminder of the fact that historically nearly all communication between settlements was by sea. They form a historically and visually interesting focus at the end of the vista E from Haa of Sand (see separate listing). Replaced in the later 18th century by the church at Semblister, the late mediaeval date of the chapel pre-dates the popular tradition that the chapel was built by survivors from an Armada shipwreck.

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