THE RESTORED TOWNHOUSE Thanks to the Irvine Herald for the images used by Old Irvine in the slideshow. Read the article in the Herald here:
Video of a DeHavilland DH60 Moth aircraft being displayed at Ashgrove House, Kilwinning c.1930 The buildings at Ashgrove House in front of which this DH60 Moth is being displayed, comprise the main house to the left and library to the right. It was the home of Mr Ballantine a local grain merchant and has since been demolished. In this home movie we see a DH60X Moth G-EBUX being displayed on the ground at the Ballantine home in Kilwinning. Alister Ballantine, the son, is seen swinging the propeller. The film is thought to be taken by Adam Cairns-Smith, himself a pilot.
The River Ayr at the dams earlier today - scary stuff indeed. I'm surprised the River Irvine isn't the same.. Video by Sandra Taylor

Taken from the bridge in 1938
The small boats tied up were hired out by a Mr Stewart.

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A great old photo looking towards the Cross taken around 1904 - one of the few images around showing a full view of the 18th century buildings where the Portal now stands.

Sent by Alison Barr Kerr

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North Ayrshire Heritage and Cultural Services added 3 new photos.

Here’s a look at what was on at the cinema 100 years ago in Irvine, Saltcoats and Ardrossan. ........A big change from the 2018 big cinema hits 'The Greatest Showman' and 'Peter Rabbit' and prices are much much more expensive now than back then!

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Mike Hall to Old Irvine School Photos

An Irvine Royal Academy class of 1904. The student in the front row on the right is, I believe, Thomas Hall aged 13, who went on to study law and was Irvine's ...Procurator Fiscal in 1936. The student 4th from the left in the second from back row I have been told was an African Prince!
If anyone can name any of the other students in the picture, please post. Thanks.

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The High Street circa 1890. The shop signs aren't clear at all - can anyone make them out?

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Looking towards the Academy in the early 1900s.

The gentleman on the left is standing near the Gallows Knowe, and if you look to the far right, you can see the old slaughterhouse on the banks of the river near the footbridge. It was built in 1843 and demolished in 1953. Animals ceased to be slaughtered there in the 1930s.

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Old Irvine added 7 new photos to the album: EGLINTON CASTLE - C. 1900.


A set of images with close-ups, showing just how beautiful a castle it was.

Information of the castle here:...

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Oh, for a day like this... roll on summer.

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North Ayrshire Heritage and Cultural Services added 3 new photos.

On this day in 1787 John Ferguson the founder of The Ferguson Bequest Fund was born in Irvine.

He was educated at Irvine Grammar School and worked in the office... of the Paisley Banking Company in Irvine High Street. A year later he went to New York to wind up the estates of two of his deceased uncles, returning to Irvine 4 years later heir to a vast fortune. At the time of his death on 08 January 1856 his estate was worth an estimated £1,250,000 (In 2017 this would have been worth an estimated £128,488,95)

A commemoration tablet to John Ferguson resides in the walls of the Old Parish Church, Irvine. The Genealogy Room in the Townhouse is named after him and it’s also where the marble bust of him resides.

For more information on John Ferguson or to arrange a tour of the Townhouse please contact us: 01294 310090

Irvine Townhouse, 66 High Street, IRVINE, KA12 0AZ
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-4.30, Tuesday - 2.00-4.30 and 5.30-8.00, Saturday - 9.30-1.00 and 2.00-4.30 (first Saturday of the month)

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Kilwinning Heritage
Kilwinning Heritage

Windows into the past: You're invited to our next talk of the winter programme. The Old Parish Church (Abbey Church) has some fine stained glass, and local Jim Muir has researched into the stories behind these windows. Find out about one dedicated to Lady Sophia Montgomerie, Countess of Eglinton, another commemorating Rev. Lee Ker, minister of the church, and others with connections to local families. These windows have fascinating tales to tell about Kilwinning people and their lives. We hope you can join us on Monday 12 March at 7.30pm in the Erskine Hall.

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Requested by Jean Gibson.

If you're looking for a particular photo of old Irvine, send a message - it may be in the archive!

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Old Irvine added 3 new photos to the album: Colvin's Ironmongery and General Store - Bridgegate.

Colvin's ironmongery and general store - which included the old Post Office in Bridgegate.

The building was named 'The Polytechnic' - based on the same idea of ...the large department store in Glasgow, John Anderson's 'Royal Polytechnic Warehouse', which opened in 1867.

Neil Stirrat noted that 'the first “Polytechnic” was also in Bridgegate across the road from the Delta Bar. It had a reputation second to none for service, and one could get anything literally from a needle to an anchor.'

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The sun setting over Arran seen from Irvine beach

Old Irvine added a new photo to the album: IRVINE IN THE EARLY 1900s.
February 21

The High Street c.1900 - the shops directly up from the King's are Findlay's (grocer) and Cunningham's (tobacconist and newsagent).

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Fiona Armstrong to Old Irvine

Old George VI postbox at Stanecastle