Lylstone Row, Monkredding

by Roger Griffith
  • The old front wall of the row
  • A view down the inside of the old row

The ruins of Lylstone Row stand on the roadside near Monkredding House and close to the old Seven Acres (Snacres) Quarry. In the 19th century the row contained six dwellings and was home to workers in the nearby extensive limestone quarries and the coal pits. A smithy once stood opposite the row and a mineral railway ran up to the site, running through the woods, parallel to the main road from the old Kilmarnock to Dalry mainline railway.The Lylestone school still stands and is being extended and converted into a private dwelling.

Lord Lyle was a local landowner and having connections with Kilwinning, he may have had access to stones from the old abbey to build the row, as the carefully dressed stonework of the building appear to have been recycled.

Closure of the quarries led to the decline and abandonment of this once thriving local community in the late 20th cenury.


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