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This building is in the Shetland Islands Council and the Lerwick Burgh. It is a category C building and was listed on 12/08/1996.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: HU 4761 4144.


18th century. 2-storey tenement with 2-bay gable to Commercial Street and 3-bay elevations to closes flanking to N and S. Harl-pointed and lined stugged sandstone walls (painted to E gable) with droved ashlar dressings. Projecting cills at windows.

E (COMMERCIAL STREET) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, panelled and glazed shop door with plate glass fanlight in bay at left; 4-pane fixed-light shop window in bay at right. Regular fenestration at 1st floor.

S ELEVATION: infilled door at centre with 4-pane hoppered timber window to left. Elevation canted forward to outer left with door and shop window in faces.

N ELEVATION: elevation advanced and curved to right of centre, with small windows at ground and 1st floor to outer right; doorways flanking re-entrant angle, one infilled, other with vertically-boarded timber door with small window above.

Timber sash and case windows at 1st floor of gable, modern glazing elsewhere. Corrugated sheet roof to principal pitches, curved and piended stone-clad roof to N addition. Stugged sandstone apex stack with cope to E gable, harled and coped apex stack with circular cans to W.

STEPS: flagged steps rising to W along N elevation with concrete covered dwarf wall surmounted by cast-iron handrail with ball finialled stanchions.


With its gabled neighbour at No 173, this building is an essential part of the fabric of the N end of Commercial Street.


Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p16.

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