Highfield, North Ayrshire
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Highfield is a small village or hamlet in North Ayrshire, Parish of Dalry, Scotland. It is situated between the settlements of Barkip and Dalry on the A737 at a junction with the B777. It lies in the lands of the old Barony of Kersland, the ruins of Kersland Castle and East Kersland Mill being situated nearby at East Kersland.
A William Stewart of Hiefield is recorded in 1649.
Highfield is a hamlet of around twenty-five households at a crossroads on the old Beith to Dalry A737 turnpike, about half a mile from Dalry. A pub was once located here known as the Highfield Inn with a shop attached. A part of the settlement on the B777 road to Kilwinning is known as the 'Creepies' or 'Little Acre.' Creepie is a Scots work for the hedge sparrow. The village had some miner's cottages at the 'Creepies', long since demolished.
Southfield, once the name of the whole settlement of 374 inhabitants in the 19th century, is now the area of the settlement to the north of the A737, with a lodging house a surviving building that was a wash-house for the residents. A lane, later reduced to a footpath, ran from the crossroads to the old Kersland pit. Pastureland Farm no longer exists, however Pastureland Cottages are present on the A737.
In 1747 the settlement of Hie Field (sic) is marked on Roy's map. In 1775 a substantial property, Highfield, is shown on Armstrong's map. Thomson's map of 1832 shows Highfield and the dwelling of Pastureland Farm is shown off the old road; the new turnpike is now present. The 1890 OS map refers to the settlement 'Southfield'.
Industry and businesses
Coalheughglen lies nearby on the road to Dalry, a limekiln and associated quarry lay above Highfield Farm, as did the small Kersland Colliery and coal pits. An air vent is shown in the field near Coalheughglen Farm. In 1857 the OS maps show the presence of a weighing machine near Southfield and a freestone quarry was located near Littleacre.
The Highfield Inn, now a private house, stood near the lane down to Littleacre and had a small shop that also sold 'Spirits and Ales'. An old photograph shows that Highfield Garage, now demolished with new housing on the site, stood on the Beith side of the road and sold Cleveland petrol with three pumps, a workshop, etc.
- Barony of Kersland. Retrieved : 2012-05-27
- Scran Retrieved : 2012-05-22
- Dalry History Group, Page 106
- Scots Dictionary Retrieved : 2012-05-22
- McMichael, Page 166
- Roy's Map Retrieved : 2012-05-22
- Armstrong's map Retrieved : 2012-05-22
- Thomson's map Retrieved : 2012-05-22
- 1890 OS Map Retrieved : 2012-05-27
- Dalry Remembered, Page 106
- Dalry History Group (1985). Dalry Remembered. ISBN 0-9510674-0-0.
- McMichael, George. Notes on the Way. Ayr : Hugh Henry.
- Video and commentary on Highfield Hamlet
- Video and commentary on the industry and commerce of Highfield
- Video and commentary on excavations at the Highfield Lime Kiln.
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