History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Gardiesting House, Mid Yell, Yell

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Shetland Islands

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 60.6037 / 60°36'13"N

Longitude: -1.0676 / 1°4'3"W

OS Eastings: 451154

OS Northings: 1191508

OS Grid: HU511915

Mapcode National: GBR R0QQ.7FB

Mapcode Global: XHF7V.JQ5W

Plus Code: 9CGWJW3J+FW

Entry Name: Gardiesting House, Mid Yell, Yell

Listing Name: Mid Yell, Gardiestaing, Including Outbuildings

Listing Date: 30 March 1998

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 392180

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45321

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Yell

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Yell

Traditional County: Shetland

Find accommodation in


Possibly 1645, with later alterations and additions. L-plan group comprising 2-storey and attic, 3-bay haa of rectangular plan with principal elevation overlooking sunken yard to S, 2-storey range of 2 outbuildings adjoining W gable, including late 19th century former shop extending S (bounding W side of yard) and adjoining former bakery building; additional gabled barn in field to SW. Harled walls to house, with droved ashlar and painted margins to windows; harl-pointed rubble walls to W range; random rubble walls to barn.

S ELEVATION: symmetrical, single storey gabled 1920s porch (clad in corrugated sheeting) centred at ground; windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

E GABLE: 2-bay gable, blank at ground, deep-set windows in each bay at 1st floor, single attic window to left in gablehead.

N ELEVATION: modern lean-to single storey addition obscuring centre bay, small window adjacent to left, blank at right; windows in centre and left bays at 1st floor, blank in bay to right.

W GABLE: obscured by W range.

W RANGE: SHOP: 2-bay N elevation with 6-pane fixed-light window in bay to left, and 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber door with plate glass fanlight in bay to right. W elevation, 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber and glazed door to right of centre, brick forestair adjacent to right, rising to vertically-boarded timber loft door breaking eaves in cat-slide dormerhead. Single 4-pane timber sash and case window to yard.

BAKERY BUILDING: infilled windows flanking centre of E (yard) elevation; 9-pane fixed-light centring S gable with 2-leaf vertically-boarded timber loft door above; W elevation obscured by corrugated-iron lean-to addition.

Modern glazing to house. Purple-grey slate roof to house and shop, latter piended at NW corner; corrugated sheet cladding to bakery; concrete skew-copes, harled principal gablehead stacks with stone copes and circular cans; harl-pointed rubble stack with cope and circular can to N gable of bakery.

BARN: plain gabled rubble building with entrance door centring N elevation, corrugated-iron roof.

Statement of Interest

The ground floor of the house reputedly contained a byre to the E (the door in the gable now infilled), and a shop and salt store to the W, with a new shop being built adjoining the W gable in 1896. Although altered since, this remains a fine example of the earlier merchant laird's houses in Shetland, characterised by small windows and the high wallhead containing a garret.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.