A brief history of Saltcoats

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Saltcoats has a long and proud history, Here are just some of the major dates in the history of the town.

1528 - Saltcoats receives Burgh status

1686 - Saltcoats Quay opens

1751 - First Saltcoats school opened - closed 1877

1772 - Two mile canal built to Stevenston coalfields for coal exportation

1908 - New Parish Church opened

1911 - Saltcoats Victoria FC founded

1924 - Sea wall constructed

1958 - Saltcoats Museum opens in old Parish church building


Now it's your turn!

That's the briefest of brief summaries, and hardly covers the most important dates. But this is where you come in. There's lots of interest in local history and lots of local knowledge out there - so why not share it here? To add to the time-line, all you have to do is click on the edit button.

Or perhaps you'd like to start your own article about another aspect of Saltcoats history? You can do that, too. There must also be a wealth of wonderful photographs of old Saltcoats - maybe even some video of more recent events - and those are more than welcome here.


Post it all here, and let's see if we can really chronicle the history of Saltcoats in a way we can all share!


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Ron Fitzsimons says

This photo of my backyard in Vancouver of the snow we got before the Winter Olypmic's. My camperized van just fits under my carport by one inch. have a nice day. CHEERS, RON.

Angus Shoor Caan says

I've gone back to mid-sixties Saltcoats to provide inspiration for  'SCOOSH' my first attempt at writing. Based on the long summer school holidays around '66ish, it follows the exploits of a rag tag collection of what might be called misfits and their inspirational leader, 'Scoosh'.

He's an old head on young shoulders with a quickfire wit and a knack for problem solving which earns him total respect from all who cross his path.

Although the book is about a gang of kids I must stress it isn't FOR kids.

Available  from all major online outlets, Scoosh is 50 chapters long which translate to 322 pages.........enjoy....and thanks for reading.

Angus Shoor Caan.

Ron Fitzsimons says

I was just wondering if the Fair rides still come down to Saltcoats in the summer months ? or is that all finished with since they have built some apartments at the Brae's grounds down by the  harbour ?, there was some good time had, way back then when I was a boy.

Cheers,

Ron Fitzsimons.

 

Ron Fitzsimons says

What ever happened to" Maggie Arnott's" fruit and vegatable shop that was on Dockhead Street across from Flemings Flower shop and there was a Tabacco and newspaper shop just around the corner, I suppose they are long gone now, a bit of Saltcoats history by now.

Cheers,

Ron Fitzsimons.

 

Ron Fitzsimons says

How about Fullerton's Ironmonger shop, probably called a Hardware shop now, that is if it still exists, it was right by that opening On Dockhead Street where you could go through to the Brae's and the Harbour where the Roberson brothers used to have their power boat and it was sixpence around the bay. You don't get anything for a sixpence these days I bet.

Cheers,

Ron Fitzsimons

matt anderson says

Saltcoats  town council have killed the glasgow fair by doing away with the fairground .stopped pony rides on the beach  i also like Ron Fitzsimons spent my entire holiday periods walking ponies on the beach for Alex Whyte long gone are the good ole days

matt anderson says

glasgow fair was great for makin a shilling or 2  humfing there cases in a big barrow  i had the best barra in saltcoats allthough peaple may beg to differ lol then selling the papers for veronica shouting yer heed aff at saltcoats station lol  timessssssss  citasansssssssssss lol listning to the glesga punters singing in wee pegases pub upstairs fae the bar one

 

Ron Fitzsimons says

Like Matt Anderson, I also sold papers and magazines and comic book for Veronica's on a Sunday as I also had a delivery job after school and on Saturdays for Maggie Arnott as the shop was called it was owned by a Glasgow guy who came down from Glasgow saturday and Wednesday with the vegetables. The shop also did weddings and Funeral's that is making up the wreath's on the wire frames, I used to wrap the moss in the wire frames if there were no deliverer's to go out.I got One Pound a week working Monday to Friday after School and all day Saturday, that was in 1944.Cheers,Ron Fitzsimons.

Ron Fitzsimons says

THE RETIREMENT YEARS AHEAD.

What programs are available in Saltcoats to council seniors about their retirement years ?

Retirement can be a very stressful thing if you do not prepare for it. Some people spend a lot of time as a couch potatoe watching the T.V. others spend a lot of time in the pub.

I started preparing for my retirement 5 years ahead of time joining a all male choir, also taking up woodworking building bird houses, bird feeders, I even took up cooking, Chinese food, East Indian food, joined a walking club, it is preferable to do something with others that way you are inclined to work at it. There are some seniors clubs but they have to offer something that you like to do, and sometimes that is not what happens. I also joined the Irish Club, for singing and dancing, the Scottish club did not have good parking for my van which is 7:11 feet that is why I joined the Irish Club although I would have prefered the Scottish country dancing which was available at the Scottish Club.

That is the good thing about Vancouver there is lots of places to choose from, I go to the Italian Club for there special days and the German Club for Octoberfest,  from this club I can walk home, the other clubs, that it is why I have a camperized van I can sleep over night in the parking lot if I have to much to drink. Just like the  Irish Club which is 45 minute drive from Vancouver

How many people do you think plan for their retirement and what organizations are there available to help them do just that. ?

Cheers,

Ron.

 

 

 

Ron Fitzsimons says

THE RETIREMENT YEARS AHEAD.

What programs are available in Saltcoats to council seniors about their retirement years ?

Retirement can be a very stressful thing if you do not prepare for it. Some people spend a lot of time as a couch potatoe watching the T.V. others spend a lot of time in the pub.

I started preparing for my retirement 5 years ahead of time joining a all male choir, also taking up woodworking building bird houses, bird feeders, I even took up cooking, Chinese food, East Indian food, joined a walking club, it is preferable to do something with others that way you are inclined to work at it. There are some seniors clubs but they have to offer something that you like to do, and sometimes that is not what happens. I also joined the Irish Club, for singing and dancing, the Scottish club did not have good parking for my van which is 7:11 feet that is why I joined the Irish Club although I would have prefered the Scottish country dancing which was available at the Scottish Club.

That is the good thing about Vancouver there is lots of places to choose from, I go to the Italian Club for there special days and the German Club for Octoberfest,  from this club I can walk home, the other clubs, that it is why I have a camperized van I can sleep over night in the parking lot if I have to much to drink. Just like the  Irish Club which is 45 minute drive from Vancouver

How many people do you think plan for their retirement and what organizations are there available to help them do just that. ?

Cheers,

Ron.

 

 

 

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