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Quarff


Shetland

A settlement of two parts in the South Mainland of Shetland, Quarff is located 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Lerwick. Easter and Wester Quarff are separated by a mile (1.5 km) but lie on opposite shores of the island; the smaller Wester Quarff lies on the West Voe of Quarff and overlooks Clift Sound while Easter Quarff overlooks the East Voe of Quarff. Easter Quarff is the location of a T-plan parliamentary church built 1828-30 to a design by Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) and was the site of a primary school built 1879, but which closed in 2004.

A new plant species, the Shetland monkeyflower, was discovered near here by a team from the University of Stirling. Remarkably, this plant would appear to have evolved in the past 200 years through the spontaneous doubling of the number of its chromosomes.


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