Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 34356 25001
234356, 625001


Built circa 1760 for the salt boiling industry, as the

Maryburgh Salt Works, probably salt pans with housing above.

Pair parellel blocks linked by (? later) wall which has

been heightened and which was originally open at centre.

Arrangement is broadly symmetrical. Blocks are 2-storey, rectangular-plan, gabled, with end stacks, rubble-built

with squared dressings (south block part harled), each block

with wide opening in west gable at low level (timber-lintelled

at south, concrete at north); also forestairs; slate roofs;

deep skews with moulded skewputts suggest roof covering may

originally have been pantiles or thatch.

Statement of Special Interest

Although what remains is incomplete, Whatley describes

surviving buildings as "certainly the most complete

upstanding remains of the (saltboiling) industry on the west

coast". In fact, they appear to be most complete to survive

in Scotland.

The Prestwick burgh/records of 12th February 1480 uses the

term "salt pan hous" which suggests the existence of

the industry locally by that time. The burgh records also

discussed applications for erecting of salt pans on 25th

June 1763 and 7th Sept. 1765 (Information provided by

Kyle & Carrick civic society).



Christopher Whatley THE SCOTTISH SALT INDUSTRY 1570-1850

1988, P72 inc Plate

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