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Old Men's Cabin, Howard Park, Howard Park Drive, Kilmarnock

A Category C Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.6041 / 55°36'14"N

Longitude: -4.5022 / 4°30'8"W

OS Eastings: 242460

OS Northings: 637339

OS Grid: NS424373

Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MX6B

Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.TD8P

Plus Code: 9C7QJF3X+J4

Entry Name: Old Men's Cabin, Howard Park, Howard Park Drive, Kilmarnock

Listing Name: Howard Park, Old Men's Hut

Listing Date: 1 August 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396198

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48732

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Town: Kilmarnock

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Andrew Calderwood, builder, early 20th century; later additions. Single storey square pavilion with open veranda and later enclosed addition to rear. Deep red brick base course with half-timbered, harled and painted upper section. Iron columns with timber brackets.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: half-timbered elevation with in-filled brick door surround to centre, recessed wing to left with central door, recessed blind wing to right; open veranda to length of elevation.

S ELEVATION: blind advance central bay, recessed bay to left with central door, original recessed blind elevation to right with open veranda and brick in-filled bay.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: single storey projecting blind wall to centre, recessed blind side wing to left, recessed side wing to right with door.

N ELEVATION: advanced bay to centre with centrally placed door, recessed bay to right with door, original recessed blind elevation to left with open veranda.

No original glazing, now in-filled with brick. Later timber doors to rear additions. Piended grey slate roof with overhanging splayed eaves, terracotta ridge tiles with arched scrolled finials. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods, gutters attached to barge boarding.

INTERIOR: not seen, 2001.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Howard Park Gates, Cholera Monument, Dr Marshall Monument and Park Keeper's House. The park was formerly part of the grounds of Kilmarnock House. Lord Howard De Walden gave the land to the town in 1894. The Old Men's Hut and Park Keeper's House were built as part of the improvements by the Dowager Lady Howard De Walden. Following the changes, the name was changed to Howard Park. It provided recreation facilities for the town, with it becoming a popular venue for sports such as football and bowling. The area was landscaped, trees were planted and walks laid out. The raised tree lined walk was known as the "Lady's Walk". This was where Lady Kilmarnock walked alone after the execution of her husband, the Duke of Kilmarnock, in 1746 for his part in the Jacobite uprising at Culloden. Originally this path followed the river, which was re-routed using soil and rocks from the foundations of Riccarton Church. The park catered well for visitors. It housed a Bowling Green and Clubhouse, a Park Keeper on site, Drinking fountain and bandstand, as well as the walks and playing fields. Some of these structures still survive, but are not original. The bandstand was lost in 2001. Originally, the hut's veranda was open to each elevation with benches, but the extension to rear has altered the fenestration and lost part of the veranda. The Old Men's Hut is currently behind high metal railings and is used as a store.

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