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Stenlake Publishing - Old Hurlford and Crookedholm

Old Hurlford and Crookedholm

Author : John MacKenzie
ISBN : 9781840335354
Cover : paperback
Price : £9.00

As with many of the towns and villages of Ayrshire, Hurlford came to prominence during the 19th century as industrialisation created a need for the coal upon which a large part of southern Scotland resides. By the end of the 19th century there were five pits surrounding Hurlford and more at Crookedholm. As the century progressed iron smelting was added to the industrial mix and the discovery of fireclay on land belonging to John Howie led to the founding of one of the town&rsquos most successful businesses. Many of the pictures in this book hark back to Hurlford’s industrial past, the chimney and round-topped kilns of the fireclay works, the Vulcan Foundry buildings on Galston road, a beautiful oil engine used in the brickworks, the railway station dating from 1848 and workers houses known as ‘the blocks’ in use in 1908 and being demolished in the 1960s. Social life in the town is captured with pictures of the Hurlford United football team in 1912 and Miner’s Institute members on a rambling trip, also in 1912. The houses of the affluent are represented by Carnell House, incorporating a 15th century tower and ‘Dallars’ house near Fiveways amongst several others.

Old Hurlford and Crookedholm