Irvine Harbour in 1895


This composite map shows Irvine harbour in 1895, shown on Ordnance Survey 25 inch maps in 1896 - reproduced here by permission of the National Library of Scotland. The sources are:
on left: the right half of map 82863111 (viewable on the NLS site) and
on right: the left half of map 82863198 (viewable on the NLS site).

The main Glasgow to Ayr line reached Irvine in 1839, the company being the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway (GPK&AR). Six years later, in 1845, the Harbour Branch line (now Harbour Road past the Linthouse building and Jewson's) was laid to a new Coal Shipping Wharf downstream from the old Quay and two 'hurries' (chutes for loading coal) were erected suitable for shipping 4-ton wagons. By the time of this map, the whole area was a hive of industry.
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