Crosshouse

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Crosshouse is a village in East Ayrshire about 2 miles (3.3km) west of Kilmarnock. It grew around the cross-roads of the main Kilmarnock to Irvine road, once classified as the A71 but now reduced in status to the B7081, with a secondary road (the B751) running from Kilmaurs south to Gatehead and beyond towards Prestwick. The Carmel Water, a tributary of the River Irvine, flows through the centre of the village.

Andrew Fisher, who became the fifth Prime Minister of Australia, was born in the village and a plaque commemorating him is located at the road junction to Knockentiber.

Health[edit]

The village is the location of a major hospital, Crosshouse Hospital, which was built to replace the Kilmarnock Infirmary.

Transport[edit]

Crosshouse is served by the A1 buses, now part of the Stagecoach Group, running through from Kilmarnock to Irvine and Ardrossan.

From 1873 until 1966 Crosshouse possessed a railway station situated at Knockentiber a mile (1.4km) north of the village centre along the Kilmaurs road. It was the point at which the railway line from Kilmarnock divided, to Dalry to the north-west and Irvine to the west. The latter line has been converted into a walkway and cycleway.

Coordinates: 55°36′44″N 04°33′10″W / 55.61222°N 4.55278°W / 55.61222; -4.55278