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Alexander Morton Monument, Beside A71 Between Newmilns and Darvel

A Category A Listed Building in Irvine Valley, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.6093 / 55°36'33"N

Longitude: -4.3 / 4°18'0"W

OS Eastings: 255216

OS Northings: 637472

OS Grid: NS552374

Mapcode National: GBR 3Q.MMKZ

Mapcode Global: WH3QD.X8KQ

Entry Name: Alexander Morton Monument, Beside A71 Between Newmilns and Darvel

Listing Date: 3 July 1980

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 346618

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB13461

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Loudoun

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Irvine Valley

Parish: Loudoun

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Sir Robert Lorimer, 1926-7. On a semi-octagonal plan, snecked rubble with ashlar dressings, all cream sandstone. Centre bay has raised semi-octagonal central feature with bronze bust of Morton, slightly corbelled out, in round-headed niche. Dates of birth and death flank head of niche, Inscription on panel below reads 'Alexander Morton who led this valley to industrial fame and prosperity'. Flanking bays have plain copes, bas-relief panels and inscriptions. On left relief of hand-loom weaver and woman pirn winder, inscription reading 'The wonder of the world: the beauty and the power: the shapes of things'. On right relief of power lace loom, inscription reading 'Their colours lights and shades: these I saw: look ye also while life lasts'. Below reliefs plain wooden benches on stone supports.

End bays are lower than flanking bays, with copes concave-curved down to short plinths for sculptures of, on left boy with corn sheaf and sickle, on right girl with flying shuttle, both with cloche-style hats. Below boy inscription 'Erected by public subscription'. Deep, slightly battered base course. Flanking simple wrought iron railings. Paved area bounded by walls approached by flight of fourstairs.

Statement of Interest

Alexander Morton introduced machine lace making intot he Irvine Valley in about 1880, using machinery from Nottingham. The area became world-renowned for lacemaking and still produces lace and related products. Lorimer was friendly with the Morton family. Upgraded C(S) to A 20 May 1993.

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