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Latitude: 55.6058 / 55°36'20"N
Longitude: -4.5006 / 4°30'1"W
OS Eastings: 242573
OS Northings: 637524
OS Grid: NS425375
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MXMY
Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.VC2C
Entry Name: Howard Park, North and South Entrances, Gates and Railings
Listing Date: 1 August 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396200
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48734
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Early 20th century; 2 groups of wrought-iron entrance gates and railings of varying design.
N (MAIN) ENTRANCE: group of wrought-iron railings and central gates with open access flanking gates; gates and railings painted green; cresting painted white. Wrought-iron gate piers: open square column with central railing with spear finial; crowning crest. Pair central gates; 12 railings to each; additional 13 railings to lower half with fleur-de-lys finials; heraldic shield with Burgh coat-of-arms to upper half of each gate; fanciful cresting surmounting. Railings: small piers identical to gate piers; railings with fleur-de-lys finials curve away from main gates.
S ENTRANCE: group of 7 waist height, wrought-iron railed sections and continuous railing all painted black with fleur-de-lys finials. Gatepiers: square shafts; cushion caps; ball finials. Gates: end hinged gates; concave sections for bicycle access, with small piers mirroring larger gatepiers; 2 straight sections with another central one set back for pedestrian access.
B Group with Cholera Monument, Dr Marshall Memorial, Old Men's Hut and Park Keeper's House. Wards Park and Barbadoes Green were the names of the original parks on this site. In 1749, the Town Council gave the land to the Earl of Glencairn but a clause was included in the transaction that gave "full liberty and privilege to the inhabitants of Kilmarnock at all times to walk and to bleach on the piece of ground on the waterside of Kilmarnock". In the late 19th century, Dowager Lady Howard de Walden supported the proposal to improve Barbadoes Green and consequently the park was renamed Howard Park.
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