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Latitude: 55.6766 / 55°40'35"N
Longitude: -4.5113 / 4°30'40"W
OS Eastings: 242184
OS Northings: 645430
OS Grid: NS421454
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.HFJJ
Mapcode Global: WH3PX.NLZ2
Plus Code: 9C7QMFGQ+MF
Entry Name: Stewarton, 16 Kirkford
Listing Name: 14 and 16 Kirkford
Listing Date: 3 July 1980
Last Amended: 22 September 2009
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 387168
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41072
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Annick
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Dated 1781. 2-storey, 5-bay, pair of cottages on roadside, at prominent junction entering Stewarton. Painted roughcast with contrasting raised margins. Small, central round-arched window opening to No 16. Later extensions to rear. Corniced quoin strip.
Predominantly replacement 4-pane timber sash and case windows with horns to No 14, No 16 with non-traditional replacement windows. Graded grey slates, raised skews, gablehead and ridge stacks
INTERIOR: partially seen, 2008. No 16 comprehensively modernised.
This pair of little externally altered cottages are a significant addition to the streetscape of this main road entrance into Stewarton and village core. On a prominent site, they retain a good traditional profile with no additions to the roofscape. Together with No 12 Kirkford, they form a terraced run of traditional dwellings.
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 these. The asymmetrical arrangement of the street elevation, with a wider bay to the left as at no 16, is not unusual for Ayrshire and probably indicates that the larger of the rooms was set aside for weaving. Although there were many similar cottages in Stewarton, most of these have now been much extended or altered.
List description updated as part of Stewarton Burgh resurvey, 2009.
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