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Waterside Bing, iron slag bing, Dalmellington Ironworks

A Scheduled Monument in Doon Valley, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.3436 / 55°20'36"N

Longitude: -4.4627 / 4°27'45"W

OS Eastings: 243925

OS Northings: 608264

OS Grid: NS439082

Mapcode National: GBR 4H.5JSC

Mapcode Global: WH3RH.FY4F

Entry Name: Waterside Bing, iron slag bing, Dalmellington Ironworks

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Last Amended: 5 October 2021

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7544

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: tip, bing, dump

Location: Dalmellington

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Doon Valley

Traditional County: Ayrshire

Description

The monument comprises an impressive iron slag bing. The bing, containing an estimated 1,470,000 tonnes of ironstone slag and reaching 30m high, was formed as an essential by-product of the operation of the former Dalmellington Ironworks.

This waste material helps chart the stages of technological development in smelting iron at Dalmellington from 1850-1920; the lower layer containing slag material from the manufacture of common iron and the upper layer composed of waste from the production of haematite iron.

The bing was extended to the W in 1915 following the diversion of the River Doon and was regraded at the E and N in 1986/87. The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 670m NW-SE by 360m NE-SW as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an impressive iron slag bing containing the waste material from iron smelting carried out at the adjacent Dalmellington Ironworks from 1850-1920, which has the potential to contribute to our understanding of the development of industrial activity at that and similar sites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NS40NW 15.3.

Reference:

Smith, D. (1967) The Dalmellington Iron Company.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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