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Edinburgh, Craigmillar, Hunter's Hall Park, The Jack Kane Centre

Sports Centre (20th Century), Sports Ground (20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Craigmillar, Hunter's Hall Park, The Jack Kane Centre

Classification Sports Centre (20th Century), Sports Ground (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Niddrie Marischal Road; Niddrie Mains Road

Canmore ID 78521

Site Number NT37SW 204

NGR NT 30335 71555

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT37SW 204.00 30335 71555

The Jack Kane Centre [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, November 2009.

NT37SW 204.01 NT 30255 71320 Sculpture

Architecture Notes

The Threatened Buildings Survey of the RCAHMS recorded this sports centre because it is proposed to be demolished. It was designed by the City Architect Brian Annable in 1973-5.

Visited by RCAHMS (STG), 26 June 2006.


Project (1997)

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ( set up a National Recording Project in 1997 with the aim of making a survey of public monuments and sculpture in Britain ranging from medieval monuments to the most contemporary works. Information from the Edinburgh project was added to the RCAHMS database in October 2010 and again in 2012.

The PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Edinburgh Sculpture Project has been supported by Eastern Photocolour, Edinburgh College of Art, the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Historic Scotland, the Hope Scott Trust, The Old Edinburgh Club, the Pilgrim Trust, the RCAHMS, and the Scottish Archive Network.

Field Visit (23 January 2003)

Crudely carved (with a chainsaw) figure of a man holding an object. On his head there is a bird surmounted by a log decorated with leaves. The whole piece somewhat resembles a swaying totem pole.

Inspected By : Joan M. Kennedy

Inscriptions : Around foot of sculpture: Disabled of Craigmillar

Signatures : None

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0922)

Field Visit (12 January 2010)

The disintegrating gigantic grey figure of Gulliver lies on its back, legs apart and arms away from its side; in rough grass, close to the park boundary on the west side, beside the Niddrie Burn. It resembles a mountain range connected by the tunnels of the arms and legs (now fragmented into three pieces per arm and two per leg). The massive head has hair folds like a mountainside, a flat face with raised forehead and chin and a clearly delineated nose. The eyes and the inside of the nostrils are still painted lime green. The simple torso shows the ribs; both hands and feet are flat to the ground, details rendered by incised lines.

The sculpture is seen by local people as symbolic of the power of 'little' people if they pull together, as a metaphor for the potential of this disadvantaged area to overcome poverty.

The sculpture is also a play structure.

The sculpture was designed by Jimmy Boyle whilst he was an inmate of Barlinnie Prison. It was made by local people.

Inspected By : D. King

Inscriptions : None

Signatures : None

Design period : late 1970s

Information from Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA Work Ref : EDIN0906)


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