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Newgord, rectangular house 300m south east of site of church at Kirkaby, Unst

A Scheduled Monument in North Isles, Shetland Islands

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Latitude: 60.7352 / 60°44'6"N

Longitude: -0.9581 / 0°57'29"W

OS Eastings: 456920

OS Northings: 1206239

OS Grid: HP569062

Mapcode National: GBR R0ZC.HL1

Mapcode Global: XHF79.YFKL

Entry Name: Newgord, rectangular house 300m SE of site of church at Kirkaby, Unst

Scheduled Date: 2 March 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7651

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: house

Location: Unst

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Traditional County: Shetland


The monument comprises the remains of a rectangular house, possibly of Viking or Norse-Medieval date.

The grass-covered footings of this house are aligned SE-NW, and measure about 15m by 4m internally. The side walls are slightly bowed, with possible opposed entrances just over half-way along (measuring from the upper end). At the SW corner are traces of a possible outbuilding.

The area to be scheduled is a square of side 40m to include the house, the possible outbuilding and an area around these in which evidence relating to their construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare occurrence of a house of probable early Norse date identifiable on field characteristics. It gains additional importance as a member of a group of several such sites on the island of Unst. The important evidence regarding Norse settlement and agricultural economy which this monument can provide could by further expanded by comparative study of the related monuments in the island, several of which are being scheduled at this time.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Stummann-Hansen, S. (1994) Report No. 1. Newgord I.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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