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Leyden Monument, Denholm

A Category C Listed Building in Cavers, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4579 / 55°27'28"N

Longitude: -2.6845 / 2°41'4"W

OS Eastings: 356811

OS Northings: 618437

OS Grid: NT568184

Mapcode National: GBR 95PB.MB

Mapcode Global: WH7XH.Q2WR

Plus Code: 9C7VF858+46

Entry Name: Leyden Monument, Denholm

Listing Name: Denholm, the Green, Leyden Monument

Listing Date: 7 November 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332881

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2053

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cavers

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Hawick and Denholm

Parish: Cavers

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

Tagged with: Monument

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Hector H Orrock (architect), A Handyside Ritchie, (sculptor), 1861. Square-plan, Decorated Gothic spire monument to John Leyden. Stepped base sourmounted by two stages of short clustered columns with foliate capitals, surrounding inscribed plaques at lower stage and supporting open arrangement of trefoil-headed arches set under crocketed gablets; draped urn to interior. Sculpted figures and animals at corners. Banded and crocketed pinnacle above. Swinton sandstone; columns of polished red Aberdeen granite. Plaques on lower stage and between stages commemorate Leyden and his descendant John Lamb Leyden and contain Biblical quotations and extracts from Leyden's work. Monument enclosed by decorative iron railings.

Statement of Interest

The monument occupies a very prominent position in the centre of the village green and is an important focal point in the townscape. It was erected by public subscription. John Leyden (1775-1811) was a native of Denholm and was an antiquarian, physician and poet. It also commemorates his descendant John Lamb Leyden (1904-1988) who was a 'traveller and kindred spirit'.

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