New Farm Loch

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The large New Farm Loch estate to the North-East of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland and was created in the late 1960s by a number of builders to accommodate the growing population of Kilmarnock.

The Newfarm loch[edit]

A view of the Loch with playpark and the community centre
Northern end of the old loch and curling venue.
Newfarm Loch looking south-east.

The loch was constructed there by co-operation between the Duke of Portland's factor and the local curling clubs. Newfarm Loch, which was once popular as a curling rink, was rented by several curling clubs,[1][2]

The loch site is still bordered by mature trees planted to provide shelter for the curlers. It is however surrounded on three sides by houses and apartments built between 1968 and the mid-1970s. New Farm itself no longer exists; it stood about one field's distance away from the loch.

A nice Autumnal view of some of the trees around the Loch

Prior to being built up, New Farm Loch on the north east side of Kilmarnock was prone to seasonal flooding. In winter, when the water froze over, it was used as a curling rink.[3] As well as curling, the frozen pond at New Farm Loch in Kilmarnock was popular with skaters.[4]

The Estate[edit]

The estate was built on the lands of South Dean Farm, Newfarm, and parts of Whinpark Farm and West Wardlaw Farm. The latter two still survive, and South Dean Farm is retained in the name of South Dean Road, along which it sat. The working class estate is a warren of streets, split by a central carriageway named Grassyards Road. One side of the road is known locally as 'The Courts'. New Farm Loch was built by Scottish Special Housing.

Transport[edit]

The area is located about two miles North and East from Kilmarnock town centre which contains the town's Bus and Train stations. The Number 6,7 and X16 StageCoach Bus services are frequent, looping around New Farm Loch (apart from the X16) and back to the town centre. There is also a Glasgow commuter service passing along Grassyards Road and onto the A77, located on the outskirts of the area.

Facilities and Amenities[edit]

New Farm has 3 primary schools, namely Silverwood Primary, St. Andrews Primary (connected with St. Josephs Academy) and New Farm Primary (connected with James Hamilton Academy).

There are two secondary schools in New Farm Loch the James Hamilton Academy and the town's only Roman Catholic Secondary School, St. Josephs Academy, which has been recently re-built.

East Ayrshire Council have approved plans for the merger of James Hamilton Academy with Kilmarnock Academy to create a new secondary school and the merger of New Farm Primary School and Early Childhood Centre with Silverwood Primary School to create a new primary school with Early Childhood Centre, which will be co-located on a 3-18 campus on the existing Sutherland Drive site. The anticipated date of completion of this project is 2017.[5] New Farm Loch also contains Willowbank School, which caters for primary and secondary children with a range of severe, complex and profound additional support needs.

Two churches exist in the estate: St. Kentigern's Parish Church [1] in the presbytery of Irvine and Kilmarnock is a Church of Scotland parish church covering virtually all of New Farm Loch in its parish,[6] and St. Matthew's is a Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Galloway.[7] St Matthew's website address is [2]. The churches are located across from each other. There are good relations and significant ecumenical cooperation between these two Christian communities. Also located in the area is a community centre, Kay Park Bowling Club, a public house (The Charleston) and numerous shops and businesses. The Kay Park, Dean Castle Country Park and Kilmarnock Cemetery are all close by.

References[edit]

Looking down Grassyards Road
Looking down MacPhail Drive
Looking up Grassyards Road

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McKay, Page 135
  2. ^ Curlers on Newfarm Loch Retrieved : 2010-12-28
  3. ^ "Curling on New Farm Loch". futuremuseum.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Skating at New Farm Loch". futuremuseum.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "East Ayrshire Council Consultation Report" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "St Kentigern's Parish Church: About us". www.stkentigern.org.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Diocese of Galloway". www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 

Sources[edit]

  • McKay, Archibald (1880). The History of Kilmarnock. Kilmarnock : Archibald McKay. The Dick Institute Early records of Kilmarnock.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°37′01″N 4°28′23″W / 55.61694°N 4.47306°W / 55.61694; -4.47306