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Brief description of site

The Memorial Gardens in Holytown, North Lanarkshire include a War Memorial to commemorate the men of Holytown district who fell in the Great War 1914-18. The memorial consists of a kilted soldier on a tapering plinth and stepped base, constructed in Killembreck granite by Glasgow firm Messer Scott & Rae sculptures and built by local building firm James Patterson and Son. The memorial has recently been restored. The planting beds were replanted with shrub species selected for year round interest and ease of maintenance.

Brief history of site

The gardens were opened at a ceremony which took place on Sunday 9th April 1933. The War Memorial and gardens were unveiled by Alexander Whitelaw Esq. from nearby Woodhall Estate. As was the case with many War Memorials at this time, the memorial was paid for by funds raised by public subscription, and the grounds on which the gardens laid out, were gifted by a local benefactor.

Location information:

Address: Holytown, Motherwell, ML1 4ST

Locality: Motherwell

Local Authorities:

North Lanarkshire; Holytown

Historical County: Lanarkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 64 Grid Ref: NS772604
Latitude: 55.8212 Longitude: -3.96158

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1933

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

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