The Magnum Leisure Centre

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From the BBC Domesday Project 1986 MAGNUM -IRVINE The Magnum is a leisure centre which is located to the West of the town of Irvine at the mouth of the river.It was opened in 1976 at a cost of £3.2m FACILITIES Indoor bowls hall,3 squash courts,2 swimming pools,sauna,solarium suite,ice rink,theatre/cinema,fitness room,weights room,games hall,2 cafeterias,licensed bar. […]

Old Dreghorn Primary School {Urbex} Part 1

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  The Old Dreghorn Primary School was built in 1908 and closed in 2012, and was the primary school attended by First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon amongst many others. In 2014 it was acquired by the Isle of Arran Brewery to become a combined Sake Brewery, Brewing School, Testing Laboratory, Warehouse, Bottling Plant, Tourist Destination […]

Glasgow Herald Article 22nd November 1989

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Irvine shakes off its Cinderella image in a story of regeneration Sunday Herald 22nd November 1989 full article here THE five new towns (Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Glenrothes, Irvine, and Livingston) occupy a special place in Scotland’s transition from the old to the new. They have 5% of the population, take 30% of all new investment, and 40% […]

Irvine Maps

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Introduction Although Irvine dates back a thousand years or so, maps showing any detail around the town don’t show up until the 1600’s. In this article I will go through a few of the maps which can be found online. 1654 – Joan BLAEU – CVNINGHAMIA – Cunningham. source: http://maps.nls.uk/view/00000422       Perhaps the most […]

Cunninghame Combination Poorhouse

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The Cunninghame (or Cunningham) Combination was formed in around 1856 and initially comprised the parishes of Ardrossan, Beith, Dalry, Dreghorn, Irvine, Kilbirnie, West Kilbride, Kilwinning, Stevenston and Stewarton. Later members were Dundonald, Dunlop, Galston, Kilmarnock, Kilmaurs, Loudoun and Symington. Fenwick joined in 1895 and Largs in 1906. Other parishes, such as Kilbride and Kilmory from […]

Capitulation of Irvine

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The Capitulation of Irvine was an early armed conflict of the Wars of Scottish Independence which took place on 9 July 1297. Due to dissension among the Scottish leadership, it resulted in a stand-off. Prelude In May 1297, William Wallace killed William de Heselrig, the English High Sheriff of Lanark. At the time, it was […]