The Lodberrie, 20, Commercial Street, Lerwick

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General Details and Location

Name of Building
The Lodberrie
Other Name(s)
20, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Planning Authority
Divisional Area
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Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
HU 47894 41244
Location Type
HS Reference No


Picturesquely grouped house and stores built on lodberry, comprising single storey over concealed basement 3-bay range (former shop) to commercial street with 2-storey 3-bay house connected at right-angle to rear (N); 2-storey range (former sail loft and dry goods store at upper floor) with store and workshop at basement bounding W extent of complex, small flagged courtyard centred at N end of lodberry, 2-storey store (former wet fish store with meat and fishcuring "skeo" at upper floor) to NE corner. Harl-pointed random rubble walls.

Formerly known as Robertson's Lodberry, it was named after Bailie John Robertson who was joint agent with Charles Merrylees for the North of Scotland and Orkney and Shetland Steam Navigation Company, who owned the neighbouring "steamer" storehouse at 18 Commercial Street .

Although the (then ruinous) former shop to Commercial Street was rebuilt circa 1950 and there have been some minor changes to the fenestration, this complex remains a remarkably intact example of the commercial and domestic development of a lodberry. It is, however, most famous for the picturesque quality of the grouping, and as such is the most photographed building in Shetland. (Historic Scotland)
Building Dates
Later 18th century

Category of Risk and Development History

Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Field Visits
14/09/2008, 22/03/2010, 23/6/2014
Development History
September 2008: External inspection finds the building generally in fair condition, but the guttering is mainly missing from the front elevation and there is significant masonry decay.
August 2009: The current owner contacts SCT to advise that a scheme of repairs has been drawn up for replacement of gutters, repairs to the roof and to the rooflights, in full consultation with, and grant aided by, Shetland Council. The scheme will proceed once the detail is finalised and appropriate trades are secured. The masonry decay on the sea wall elevation has been discussed with the local planners previously. Of the lower section, which meets sea level, specialist repair advice is being sought from Historic Scotland. The property is occupied.
March 2010: External inspection finds the building remains partly in use but in need of repair. There are a number of slipped and missing slates. The north sea wall is deteriorating at an accelerated rate due to the cement pointing and the constant wetting from the sea and rain.
7 February 2013: Local planners report no change at the property.
23 June 2014: External inspection finds the building remains in much the same condition as seen previously.

Guides to Development

Conservation Area
Lerwick - Central Area/ Lanes
Planning Authority Contact
PAC Telephone Number
01595 744800


Current Availability
Not Available
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Information Services

Additional Contacts/Information Source
Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p14. Tom Henderson SHETLAND FROM OLD PHOTOGRAPHS (1978) plate 150. James W Irvine LERWICK (1985) plate 23. James R Nicolson LERWICK HARBOUR (1966) p16 and 187. NMRS Ref: SH/484/3 and 35. Thomas Manson LERWICK DURING THE LAST HALF CENTURY (1991) p137.
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