Gray's Carpet Works of Newton-on-Ayr Memorial Bowling Green (Lost)


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Reference WMO266861

Address:

Possibly Newton Park

Northfield Avenue

Newton-on-Ayr

Ayr

Scotland

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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Freestanding
Location: Unknown
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Park
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Gray's Carpet Works in McCall's Avenue closed in the 1970s after several changes of name and ownership, though the building seems to have been standing but derelict quite recently if not still.. The IWM states that the bowling green and pavilion, together with the memorial tablet are long lost but the Great War Forum (see link) speculates that the present Newton Park Bowling Club may be a successor, though if it is, the memorial tablet is not there. Certainly the present green and pavilion are not seen as war memorials. Strangely, the IWM Register entry has the word Lost in the title, but says "not lost" later. Perhaps this was a box-ticking error. The Scotsman - Monday 21 August 1922 Ayr. — Newton Carpet Works memorial, Ayr, which takes the form of a bowling green with finely equipped pavilion for the workers, was on Saturday afternoon unveiled by General Sir Charles Fergusson, Bart, of Kilkerran , who delivered an address upon playing the game. Provost M'Donald and members of Ayr Town Council took part in the ceremony.
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