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The Scott Monument is a victorian gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Waverley Station. The tower is 200 1/2 feet high, and the small viewing deck near the top is reached by a narrow spiral staircase with 287 steps. It is built from Binnie shale quarried in nearby Livingston; the oil which continues to leech from its matrix has helped to glue the notoriously filthy atmosphere of victorian Edinburgh (then nicknamed "Auld Reekie" - old smokey) to the tower, leaving it an unintended sooty-black colour. Download high resolution version (550x894, 60 KB)The Scott Monument in Edinburgh. ... Download high resolution version (550x894, 60 KB)The Scott Monument in Edinburgh. ... thunderbird 3 File links The following pages link to this file: Thunderbirds (TV series) ... Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London: Gothic details provided by A.W.N. Pugin The Gothic revival was a European architectural movement with origins in mid-18th century England. ... Scotland (Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is a country in northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain. ... Sir Walter Scott (August 14, 1771 - September 21, 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe. ... Edinburghs location in Scotland Edinburgh viewed from Arthurs Seat. ... Jenners Jenners Department Store, near the Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh, was the worlds oldest independent department store, having existed on the same site since 1838. ... Princes Street, as viewed facing west from the Scott Monument Princes Street and the Castle at twilight Princes Street is the main shopping street in Edinburgh city centre, although it was originally designed to be a residential street. ... Waverley Station, from the Scott Monument. ... Shale Shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock whose original constituents were clays or muds. ... Livingston is a 1960s new town in West Lothian, Scotland, and, although closer to Edinburgh, was originally intended to ease over-crowding in Glasgow. ...


Following Scott's death in 1832, a competition was held to design a monument to him. An unlikely entrant went under the pseudonym "John Morvo", the name of the medieval architect of Melrose Abbey. Morvo was in fact George Meikle Kemp, forty-five year old joiner, draftsman, and self-taught architect. Kemp had feared his lack of architectural qualifications and reputation would disqualify him, but his design (which was similar to an unsuccessful one he had earlier submitted for the design of Glasgow Cathedral) was popular with the competition's judges, and in 1838 Kemp was awarded the contract to construct the monument 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... I do love these ancient ruins; We never tread upon them, but we set Our foot upon some reverend history. ... Joinery is the part of woodworking that involves the joining together of parts of wood. ... This is about drafting, the art and science of technical drawing. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person involved in the art of planning, designing and overseeing the construction of buildings, or more generally, the designer of a scheme or plan. ... Glasgow Cathedral Glasgow Cathedral is a Church of Scotland cathedral in Glasgow. ... 1838 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


John Steell was commissioned to design a monumental statue of Scott to rest in the space between the tower's four columns. Steell's statue, make from white Carrara marble, shows Scott seated, resting from writing one of his works with a quill pen. Sir John Steell (1804 - 1891) was a Scottish sculptor. ... Marble This page is about the metamorphic rock. ...


Following an act of parliament permitting it, construction began in 1840 and ran for nearly four years. The tower was completed in the autumn of 1844, with Kemp's son placing the finial in August of the year. When the monument was inaugurated in the 15th of August, George Meikle Kemp himself was absent; walking home from the site on the foggy evening of the 6th of March that year, Kemp had fallen into the Union Canal and drowned. 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1844 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The spigot or mounting for a Weather Vane also a top most spike or embellishment for a building or structure, made from stone or metal. ... The Union Canal is a 50 km (31. ...


The monument is now administered by the museums department of Edinburgh City Council.


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Scott Monument - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (454 words)
The Scott Monument is a victorian gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott.
John Steell was commissioned to design a monumental statue of Scott to rest in the space between the tower's four columns.
When the monument was inaugurated on the 15th of August, George Meikle Kemp himself was absent; walking home from the site on the foggy evening of the 6th of March that year, Kemp had fallen into the Union Canal and drowned.
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