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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394659
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47293
Building Class: Cultural
County: Shetland Islands
Electoral Ward: Shetland Central
Traditional County: Shetland
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.
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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