the way through Ayrshire - 100 years ago
AND PRESTWICK PARISH
mile south of Monkton, is an old burgh of barony, of which the Prince
of Wales is said to be the
superior. Though it has many new villas and other buildings, it is
mostly old in its architecture; has a primitive market cross, a modern
Council Hall, ornamented with a steeple, a post office (with money order
and savings bank), Free and United Presbyterian Churches, a public
school, and a railway station. With its extensive and beautiful sands
for sea bathing, and links for golfing, it is growing in favour as a
watering place. Population in 1871, 750; in 1881, 1064.
The village of New
Prestwick, one mile farther south, stretches across the boundary
line with Newton-on-Ayr, and is a pleasant, thriving place. Population,
734. The parish is a combination of two ancient parishes ; and the ruins
of two old parish kirks - one at Prestwick and the other at Monkton -
are still to be seen.
Chief seats are Adamton
House, one mile east of Monkton; Fairfield House, half-a-mile
north; Orangefield, half-a-mile south.
The surface of the
parish is flat and sandy, rising a little, and growing more consistent
eastward. The main stream is the Pow Burn, crossed by a bridge at
the Established Church of the united parishes, between Prestwick and
Monkton. The length of the parish, north, is four miles fully, and its
breadth is three miles. Area, 3760 acres. Population, 2121.