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Piperhaugh Village

Village (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Piperhaugh Village

Classification Village (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Stevenston; Woodhead Plantation; Piper Heugh

Canmore ID 41057

Site Number NS24SE 12

NGR NS 2742 4201

NGR Description Centred NS 2742 4201

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Stevenston
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cunninghame
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS24SE 12 centred 2742 4201

(NS 2742 4201) Site of the Village of Piperhaugh (NAT)

OS 6" map (1856)

There was a small village of some antiquity called Piper Heugh, of which there are still some remains in the wood at Ardeer. Mentioned in 1627, it was a colony of "trump-makers" (i.e. makers of Jews' harps and pipes).

NSA 1845 (D Landsborough).

The site of the village of Piperhaugh is supposed to have been on the North East end or side of Woodhead Plantation embracing a part of the latter, and extending eastwards to the crossroads.

OS Name Book 1856.

No traces of this village now exist in this area, which comprises a pasture field of three levels or broad plateaus and a wood on the west which bears evidence of quarrying activities.

Visited by OS (JLD), 11 September 1956.

No evidence of village site seen on air photographs (540/802: 3308-9).

Information from OS Recorder (EJR), 14 February 1957.

This area is now developed. From the report of NSA, it would seem likely that this was an artisan encampment (gypsies/tinkers?) rather than a village of permanent dwellings.

Visited by OS (JRL), 8 September 1982.

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