SD8010 : Kay Monument

taken 4 years ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

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Kay Monument
Kay Monument
The memorial to John Kay stands in the centre of Kay Gardens SD8010 : Kay Gardens, an open space created from the former market place when a new market hall was built in 1901. The gardens and this memorial were commissioned and paid for by Henry Whitehead, a local mill owner.

John Kay was born in Bury in 1704. He was a prolific inventor, most famous in Lancashire as the 'Inventor of the flying shuttle' - a mechanism for speeding up the production of cloth on a hand-operated loom. Although he left Bury, emigrating to France in 1747, he has long been regarded as a celebrated son of the town and one of the men responsible for Lancashire's success in the cotton industry.

Kay Gardens and the Kay Monument were opened in April 1908. Mrs Henry Whitehead opened the gardens and the Earl of Derby unveiled the monument. The monument, which was cleaned and refurbished in 2011, is Grade II listed LinkExternal link

The monument is the work of Bristol base architect William Venn Gough (1842-1918) and constructed by local builders Thompson and Brierly. The dome SD8010 : Kay Monument Dome of Portland stone is encircled by a balustrade, surmounted by bronze figure of Fame, and surrounded by smaller figures of Agriculture, Engineering, Mining and Weaving. The bronze statues, medallion and plaques are all by Manchester sculptor John Cassidy LinkExternal link

On the left is the Millgate Shopping Centre and the moon is visible in the afternoon sky.
Kay Gardens

Kay Gardens is a small set of formal gardens in the centre of Bury. A memorial to John Kay, inventor of the Flying Shuttle, is situated at the centre of the Gardens. Grade II listed. LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Saturday, 4 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 14 February, 2017
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre 
Person (from Tags)
William Venn Gough  John Kay  Henry Whitehead 
Date (from Tags)
1908  1747  1704  1901 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8042 1063 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.5127N 2:17.8370W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8042 1063
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Bronze Figures  Sculptor John Cassidy  Memorial  Gardens  Shopping Centre  Moon 

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