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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 356759
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21478
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Ayr West
Traditional County: Ayrshire
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.
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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