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Old Foundry Holm,ironworks

A Scheduled Monument in Ballochmyle, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.5171 / 55°31'1"N

Longitude: -4.1525 / 4°9'8"W

OS Eastings: 264190

OS Northings: 626919

OS Grid: NS641269

Mapcode National: GBR 3W.TK4W

Mapcode Global: WH4S0.5LWD

Entry Name: Old Foundry Holm,ironworks

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5537

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: iron and steel

Location: Auchinleck

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ballochmyle

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the remains of a charcoal and peat-charcoal fired iron-smelting works of the 1730s. The visible remains include the collapsed blast furnace, the waterworks associated with a water-powered blowing apparatus, and a bridge and trackways providing internal access. The area to be scheduled is irregular in outline, maximum dimensions 380m by 140m, to include all these features and an area around and between them in which evidence associated with their construction and use may survive, as outlined in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of a handful of pre-coke blast furnace sites in Scotland, and the only one surviving in lowland Scotland. Its history is obscure, but it was probably founded by one of the Earls of Cathcart in about 1732, and had a relatively short life. It is a rare survival of an early, un-redeveloped, industrial plant from the early years of the Industrial Revolution.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS62NW 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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