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Shaw Monument

A Category B Listed Building in Prestwick, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5015 / 55°30'5"N

Longitude: -4.5857 / 4°35'8"W

OS Eastings: 236778

OS Northings: 626122

OS Grid: NS367261

Mapcode National: GBR 3C.VGM1

Mapcode Global: WH3QN.JZKB

Entry Name: Shaw Monument

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331451

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB994

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Prestwick

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Later 18th century. Random rubble circular-plan tall tower to W of Prestwick Airport. Coped cylindrical base, with doorway to E, flanked by window opening and infilled opening; tall shaft of tower stepped in from base, 3 vertically arranged windows above doorway; coped cornice over machicolated eaves course; 3-arch open crown.

INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

Statement of Interest

The Shaw Monument is an unusual tower built by the Laird of Shaw. According to Cuthbertson, the Laird was a keen falconer. When he became to old to actively participate in the sport he built the Shaw Monument so that from the top he had a perfect view of the birds making their kill. There is a long spiral staircase inside leading to the top of the tower.

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