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Old Annbank

Old Annbank

Old Annbank and Mossblown: Including the Lost Villages of Burnbrae, Craighall, Tarholm and Woodside Annbank and Mossblown were products of the industrial-scale coal mining which took place in this part of Ayrshire from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. All the early housing was built by the mining companies for their employees, and accommodation was generally basic. During the 1930s Annbank's original miners' rows were replaced by new housing built partly by Bairds & Dalmellington (one of the coal owners), with other houses belonging to Ayr County Council. The village's transition during this dramatic period is shown in a variety of before, during and after photographs. Local people such as the political legend James Brown and village worthy Hugh Dunlop feature among pictures of key locations and events in Annbank, Mossblown and the now-vanished hamlets of Burnbrae, Craighall, Tarholm and Woodside. There are pictures of the local pits, as well as landmarks including Privick Mill, Gadgirth Bridge, Annbank brickworks, the Clarke Memorial Hall and Bogend Toll, scene of a violent murder in 1877.

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