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Latitude: 55.6768 / 55°40'36"N
Longitude: -4.5114 / 4°30'40"W
OS Eastings: 242178
OS Northings: 645444
OS Grid: NS421454
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.HFHD
Mapcode Global: WH3PX.NKYZ
Plus Code: 9C7QMFGQ+PF
Entry Name: 12 Kirkford, Stewarton
Listing Name: 12 Kirkford
Listing Date: 3 July 1980
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 387167
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41071
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Annick
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Dated 1781. Single-storey and attic 3-bay cottage with pair of later, canted bay dormers. Painted rubble with droved margins. Rubble boulder base course, moulded eaves. Steps lead to slightly off-set recessed part-glazed timber entrance door with 1781 date incised to lintel. Single window opening to left, bipartite opening to right.
Predominantly 4-pane and plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey graded slates. Small rooflight.
Dating from 1781, this single-storey cottage is rare and early survivor in Stewarton. Long, low, single-storey cottages would have been typical of the area at the end of the 18th century.
In the later part of the 18th century, Stewarton was primarily a weaving town, well-known for its bonnet industry. Much of the weaving would have taken place in cottages such as this. The asymmetrical arrangement of the street elevation, with a wider bay to the left here, is not unusual for Ayrshire and probably indicates that the larger of the rooms was set aside for weaving. Although there were likely to have been many similar cottages in Stewarton, many of these have now been extended or altered.
List description updated as part of Stewarton Burgh resurvey, 2009.
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