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Lost Ayrshire

Birlinn Origin, Local History
Publication Date
07 June 2018
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Birlinn Ltd

Lost Ayrshire

Ayrshire's Lost Architectural Heritage

Over the centuries, countless buildings have been built and demolished throughout the county of Ayrshire. This informative and beautifully illustrated book looks at a wide selection of these, from castles that have been destroyed or replaced by modern mansions, to country houses that have succumbed to dry rot or lack of funds for their upkeep. Dane Love also visits various burghs and villages, rediscovering the lost architecture of everyday buildings including churches, banks, tollbooths, public halls, schools, shops and houses.

Ayrshire was once rich in mining and other industries that have now disappeared. This book details the county’s lost coalmines and the associated miners’ rows, as well as former cotton mills, power stations, shipyards, factories and other places of work. As well as lost buildings from the distant past, Dane Love includes some more recent examples of architectural losses. In some cases these are welcome, but in many they are regrettable. Only through this book will the reader discover just how much of Ayrshire’s heritage has been lost over the years.

Dane Love was born in Ayrshire and educated in Glasgow. He graduated from Jordanhill College of Education and is currently a principal teacher at Irvine Royal Academy. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the National History Society, Love is also an Honorary secretary of the Scottish Covenanter Memorials Associations. He has published many titles steeped in Scottish history, including Scottish Covenanter and The Man Who Sold Nelson’s Column.