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Lax Firth, Laxfirth House, Including Walled Garden and Gatepiers

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland Central, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.2059 / 60°12'21"N

Longitude: -1.2144 / 1°12'51"W

OS Eastings: 443645

OS Northings: 1147093

OS Grid: HU436470

Mapcode National: GBR R1CR.L6G

Mapcode Global: XHD2Z.LQMW

Entry Name: Lax Firth, Laxfirth House, Including Walled Garden and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 28 July 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394659

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47293

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland Central

Parish: Tingwall

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

18th century, remodelled in 19th century. 2-storey 5-bay (grouped 1-3-1) symmetrical laird's house comprising main block of rectangular plan with large 2-storey square-plan wing to rear (N). Rendered and painted walls with painted long and short quoins to windows and framing elevations.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical, modern lean-to porch centred at ground with 3 closely-spaced windows at floor above, regular fenestration in outer bays.

W ELEVATION: blank gable of main block to right, wing elevation recessed at left with windows to outer right and left of ground and 1st floors.

E ELEVATION: single storey gabled wing-projecting from main block at left, irregularly fenestrated wing elevation recessed at right.

Modern glazing throughout. Purple-grey slate piended roof to main block, flat felted roof to rear wing. Pair of shouldered 3-flue wallhead stacks to rear elevation of main block, and 4-flue shouldered wallhead stacks to E and W elevations of wing.

WALLED GARDEN AND GATEPIERS: random rubble wall enclosing long rectangular garden extending to S from house; painted ball-finialled square gatepiers centring S wall.

Statement of Interest

A house that departs from the usual form for Shetland's haas. Finnie suggests that the house dates from the 18th century, with its piend-roofed form resulting from a remodelling of the 1840s.

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