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Salt Pan Houses at St Nicholas Golf Course

A Category A Listed Building in Prestwick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4907 / 55°29'26"N

Longitude: -4.6233 / 4°37'24"W

OS Eastings: 234356

OS Northings: 625001

OS Grid: NS343250

Mapcode National: GBR 3B.W01X

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.Y8L4

Entry Name: Salt Pan Houses at St Nicholas Golf Course

Listing Date: 20 January 1989

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 386250

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB40332

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Prestwick

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Prestwick

Electoral Ward: Prestwick

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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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 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).

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