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- Category: A
- Date Added: 20/01/1989
- Local Authority: South Ayrshire
- Planning Authority: South Ayrshire
- Burgh: Prestwick
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 34356 25001
- Coordinates: 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
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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