Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale Heritage Group
Founded in 1988, the Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale History group are very knowledgeable on their areas. Situated in the centre of Shetland the area is one of the most attractive parts of the Mainland.
The History group formed to collect historical data pertaining to the area. They have a collection of photographs and oral and written history of the folklore and history of the areas of Tingwall, Girlsta, Stromfirth, Whiteness and Weisdale.
At present the group have no official premises but all the archive material can be viewed by arrangement. The initial contact for any information is Marion Hughson, Vista, Whiteness, who can be contacted at 01595 830 332. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The view from the Scord of Weisdale is one of the best known in Shetland. There are some sites of historical interest, among them the ruined Chapel of Our Lady in the old Kirkyard at Sound, near the home of the Clunies Ross family. At the north end of the valley, ruined croft houses stand witness to the iniquities of the “Clearances”. Burnt mounds and Neolithic ruins are to be found all through the district.
Present times have been happier, with the creation of the garden at the Weisdale Kirk. Enthusiastic local volunteers with the help of the Beechgrove Garden team have created a beautiful garden in the picturesque setting at the side of the burn. There are benches and a sitting area for fine days.
Tingwall Church dates back to the 12th century, though not in its present form. Originally it was St Magnus Church, one of three steeple churches in Shetland. This building survived five to six hundred years, and part of this building may be seen in the burial crypt adjacent to the church. In charge of the Church, and indeed of all Christianity in Shetland, was the Archdeacon of Tingwall, an office that dates from 1215AD, and lasted until the final establishment of Presbyterianism in Scotland in 1690AD. Our present building was opened for worship in November 1790, making it the second oldest church building currently in regular use in Shetland (the oldest being at Lunna).
See the events calendar for information on upcoming events in the area.