The picturesque village of Crosshill, situated in the North of Carrick, has seen many different developments throughout its history, yet its community spirit has never changed.
Like many small Carrick villages, agriculture was fundamental to its growth and survival, while other industries such as the weaving and needlework trade flourished for many years. At its height, countless Crosshill women were employed as needle workers and almost all the men worked as hand loomers. The Hand-loom Weavers Commission reported that Crosshill, Kirkmichael and Maybole cumulatively had 1,700 hand looms in 1828, and 1,360 in 1838. The gross average earning of a weaver was six shillings a week.
However, as suggested by these figures, these booming trades went into decline and ultimately came to an end in Crosshill and the rest of Carrick.
Some of the longer staying members of the community have been able to source old postcards from their personal collection that demonstrate how much the village has developed over the years while retaining its quaint charm.
In true community spirit, some of the Crosshill locals came together in 2013 as part of the Carrick Community Heritage Trail to research the history of their village and pay tribute to the villagers of days gone by. When in Crosshill, make sure to take the time to visit the heritage panel they produced; it gives a snap shot of Crosshill from 1830 to the present day, highlighting the industries, buildings and people that have ensured this charming village never loses its character.
Dalhowan Street 1915
Bairds Mill circa 1930's
is not the first project in Crosshill that shows such fantastic community
spirit: just two years earlier, the young folk of Crosshill collaborated with
the children from the surrounding villages to celebrate the natural beauty of
By Will Levi Marshall and the schoolchildren of Crosshill, Kirkmichael and Straiton
Spearheaded by artist Will Levi Marshall, the schoolchildren of Crosshill, Kirkmichael and Straiton worked together to create an artistic trail that gives a sense of place and highlights some of the many things that make their three villages so fantastic.
The project began in 2011 with the children identifying the plants and flowers around the villages that were the inspiration for their project. The next stage saw the children create illuminated fonts, then designing signs to be placed around the villages to remember the flowers when they are not in bloom. As it said in poem ‘Mutability’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1839 “The flower that smiles today, Tomorrow dies”
The final stage saw these signs installed throughout Crosshill, Kirkmichael, and Straiton and a map produced so that locals and visitors alike can find their way around the different locations.
These signs provide points of contemplations at particular locations, reminding visitors of blossoms faded and sunshine that is a distant memory, along with new growth and warmth to come.
Top: Dalhowan Street, Crosshill
Bottom: The Square, Crosshill
Memory Signs, Crosshill
Courtesy of Will Levi Marshall