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Weisdale, Weisdale Church (Church of Scotland)

A Category B Listed Building in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.2556 / 60°15'20"N

Longitude: -1.2896 / 1°17'22"W

OS Eastings: 439418

OS Northings: 1152587

OS Grid: HU394525

Mapcode National: GBR R15M.MRM

Mapcode Global: XHD2R.MH47

Entry Name: Weisdale, Weisdale Church (Church of Scotland)

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353171

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18954

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Parish: Tingwall

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

1863. 3x3-bay symmetrical Gothick hall church with bellcote to entrance gable at S. Harled walls with droved sandstone ashlar margins and projecting cills to windows.

S (ENTRANCE) GABLE: symmetrical, gabled porch centred at ground with pointed-arched window in gable and vertically-boarded timber entrance door to E. Blind pointed-arched window centred over porch, set into advanced and shouldered centrepiece in principal gable breaking gablehead as harled plinth to corniced ashlar birdcage bellcote with bell-cast pyramidal slate cap; pointed-arched windows flanking porch at ground; gable framed by square ashlar buttresses breaking eaves as obelisk-like pinnacles.

E ELEVATION: pointed-arched window in each regularly-spaced bay.

N (REAR) GABLE: 2-bay gable with tall pointed-arched windows rising into gablehead.

W ELEVATION: matching E elevation, but with right bay obscured by modern flat-roofed addition.

Timber fixed-lights to pointed-arched windows with Gothick astragal pattern in arch-heads. Purple-grey slate roof with ashlar skew copes; bracketted skewputts and urn finial to N gable.

INTERIOR: open timber roof to entrance porch; stop-chamfered surround to border-glazed and panelled inner vestibule door with plate glass pointed-arched fanlight above. 2-leaf 8-panel door leading from vertically-boarded inner vestibule to hall. Raked timber floor and vertically-boarded wainscoting to hall; horizontally-boarded pews behind vertically-boarded principal pews with balustraded backs and ball-finialled newel posts facing timber pulpit centred in N gable comprising balustraded platform with panelled lectern at centre and ball-finialled balustrades to symmetrically-disposed steps, tripartite gothic panel rising behind with applied foliate carving and urn finials.

CHURCHYARD WALL: modern harled wall enclosing entrance area; wrought-iron gates bearing dates 1863 and 1963.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. This former free church presides over the Kergord Valley at the head of the Weisdale Voe. The stop-chamfered inner door suggests that the porch is a later addition.

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