2 HILLHEAD, GORDON COTTAGE, INCLUDING BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS (Ref:43616)
This building is in the Shetland Islands Council and the
It is a category B building and was listed on 12/08/1996.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: HU 4755 4116.
Circa 1840. 2-storey 3-bay symmetrical house of rectangular plan. Harl-pointed rubble walls with polished and droved ashlar dressings. Projecting cills at windows. Pedimented ashlar porch projecting at ground in centre bay; 4-panel timber entrance door with plate glass fanlight. Regular fenestration in flanking bays and at 1st floor. Blank rubble N gable. Modern lean-to addition to rear elevation at ground with single window to left at 1st floor.
Plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof with cast-iron gutters and downpipe with hopper. Stugged and droved apex stacks (mutual to S), coped, with octagonal cans; ashlar skew copes.
BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: rubble walls advanced at principal elevation ends; cement-rendered and lined dwarf wall to street surmounted by ashlar cope and wrought-iron railing with spear finials; matching gate at centre with urn-finialled stanchions. Rubble boundary wall to N.
Gordon Cottage was built by Charles Ogilvy and was, for many years, the home of the Heddle family. A photograph of 1959 shows the house with the appropriate 12-pane timber sash and case windows. This is a good quality building from this period of prosperity in Lerwick.
James W Irvine LERWICK (1985) p95. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p493. NMRS Ref: SH/482/27. Thomas Manson LERWICK DURING THE LAST HALF CENTURY (1991) p189.
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