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Ayr, Kirk Port, Auld Kirk, Lych Gate

Gateway (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ayr, Kirk Port, Auld Kirk, Lych Gate

Classification Gateway (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Kirkport; Old Parish Church, Gateway

Canmore ID 41842

Site Number NS32SW 7.02

NGR NS 33865 21943

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Ayr
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS32SW 7.2 33865 21943

(NS 3386 2194) Lych Gate (NAT)

OS 25" map (1961)

This massive gateway to the churchyard is one of a few surviving examples of its period, shortly after the Reformation. Known in records as "the Porche" it is dated 1656. There are outer and inner archways of deep segmental form. The roof and much of the upper walling are modern, but the side walls are original with stone benches, above which fragments of early 19th century mort-safes are now suspended.

G Hay 1957

The lych gate which is as described is very well preserved.

Visited by OS (MJF) 31 October 1980

Architecture Notes

NS32SW 7.02 3387 2193.

NS32SW 7.00 33900 21920 Auld Kirk of Ayr

NS32SW 7.03 3387 2193 Burial-Ground


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