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Howard Park, Cholera Monument

A Category C Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.6012 / 55°36'4"N

Longitude: -4.5013 / 4°30'4"W

OS Eastings: 242510

OS Northings: 637020

OS Grid: NS425370

Mapcode National: GBR 3G.N3V4

Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.TGQV

Entry Name: Howard Park, Cholera Monument

Listing Date: 1 August 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396197

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48731

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

1832; small stone memorial to cholera victims cordoned off with low, single railing; small stone piers with diamond carvings. Plinth; string course; square shaft with memorial plaque; cushion cap.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Howard Park Gates, Dr Marshall Monument, Old Men's Hut and Park Keeper's House. The plaque reads: 'Sacred - to the memory of those inhabitants who died from cholera during the epidemic of 1832 and are here interred'. 250 victims of the cholera epidemic were buried in this mass grave because the common burying ground was thought to be too small and the authorities also believed it might minimise further risk of infection. The choice of the park was probably favoured because a temporary hospital had been erected in the park to cope with the sick and thus the journey from hospital to grave was quick, helping to prevent infection.

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