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Alloway, Burns Monument, Statue House

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4266 / 55°25'35"N

Longitude: -4.6365 / 4°38'11"W

OS Eastings: 233253

OS Northings: 617909

OS Grid: NS332179

Mapcode National: GBR 49.00QZ

Mapcode Global: WH2PW.RVBR

Entry Name: Alloway, Burns Monument, Statue House

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356759

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21478

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

1830. Single storey, octagonal-plan lodge. Sandstone rubble. Base course; timber bracketed eaves.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: advanced central bargeboarded porch; recessed 2-leaf timber door.

SE, NE AND NW ELEVATIONS: blind.

Octagonal pyramidal slate roof with lead ridges; finials; rooflights.

INTERIOR: statues of Nanse Tunnock, Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnnie by James Thom, carved from local stone. Plain cornice moulding to ceiling.

Statement of Interest

Important for its siting, adjacent to the Burns Monument (see separate list description). Modern toilets to rear. The sculptor James Thom was apprenticed to a builder in Kilmarnock and employed in ornamental carving as a boy. In 1827 he executed a statue of Burns and meeting wide praise, undertook more ambitious work. The statues in the Statue House were secured by the Burns Monument and then sent on tour to the USA. On showing in London in 1829, his work was hailed as "... inaugurating a new era in sculpture" (Gunnis).

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