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Weisdale, Kergord House, Including Glasshouse, Boundary Walls, Gates and Gatepiers

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland West, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.2707 / 60°16'14"N

Longitude: -1.2872 / 1°17'13"W

OS Eastings: 439535

OS Northings: 1154263

OS Grid: HU395542

Mapcode National: GBR R15L.GVQ

Mapcode Global: XHD2R.N33P

Entry Name: Weisdale, Kergord House, Including Glasshouse, Boundary Walls, Gates and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 18 October 1977

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394686

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47310

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Tingwall

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland West

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

Circa 1850, with rear wing and glasshouse added circa 1910, porch heightened and W wing added in 1947. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay symmetrical L-plan house, single storey lean-to additions to E and W gables with rectangular gabled conservatory adjoining S wall of latter. Harled walls with painted droved ashlar dressings.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION; symmetrical, 2-storey flat-roofed porch advanced in centre bay with wider multi-pane window at ground and blocking course at eaves centred by decorative former chimney base, entrance door to E side and occuli at 1st floor to each side. Regularly-fenestrated principal elevation recessed to right and left with enlarged windows at ground.

W ELEVATION: ground floor of house concealed by large single storey wing with mono-pitch roof; parapetted S wall adjoining large timber glasshouse with rendered base, glazed and panelled entrance door in E side.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: gabled 2-storey wing advanced at right, single storey W wing extending to right with 3 closely spaced windows to left, and door to outer right.

E ELEVATION: single storey lean-to addition projecting from principal gable, rear wing recessed at right with single storey addition in re-entrant angle.

Some modern glazing to ground floor windows, 4-pane timber sash and case windows to 1st floor and dormers. Purple-grey slate principal roofs with cast-iron profiled gutters and piend-roofed slate-hung canted timber dormers with decorative cast-iron finials over outer bays of S pitch. Harled gablehead stacks, ridge and wallhead stacks to N wing, all with corniced stone copes and circular cans. Painted ashlar stop-chamfered skew-copes with block skewputts.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATES AND GATEPIERS: random rubble wall enclosing garden to S and W of house, W wall articulated at centre as semicircular recess with wallhead built up as stepped centrepiece. Square rubble gatepiers with pyramidal caps and folding timber gate.

Statement of Interest

David D Black, Town Clerk of Brechin, was the absentee landlord that built the house on the estate of Flemington in the years between 1851 and 1855. Flemington was originally known as Northouse when bought by Charles Ogilvy of Hay & Ogilvy in 1814. An early photograph of the house shows it as a simple 2-storey 3-bay house with a corniced and bracketted doorpiece and 12-pane timber sash and case windows. The photograph suggests that the carved feature on the present porch was originally sited on the wallhead over the centre window and supported a single flue chimney. A photograph of 1908 shows the house with a single storey gabled porch centring the house, and a gabled outbuilding adjoining the conservatory to the W. The house served during the second world war as an HQ for the "Shetland Bus" which was the operation that rescued war refugees and ferried supplies to the Norwegian underground across the North Sea.

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