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Mid Yell, Gardiestaing, Including Outbuildings

A Category C Listed Building in North Isles, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

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

Entry 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

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Description

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.

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