The first Bank in Saltcoats (when the late W B Orr became agent for the Ayrshire Bank) was abandoned and its portico and windows have since remained boarded up. The old line of the Yard, which had belonged to an Irvine Sailor, "Orr's Nine Yard", going back to Bradshaw Roading, was framed and shaped to suit the official rules of uniformity and Dan McAlister's house was submerged beneath the Station buildings.
...almost under the shadow of the Western Bank, lay a house which sometimes went under the name of the "Goat House", but was not that celebrated institution. It was the house of Francie Wood, a contractor in the busier days before the railway.
Behind the house of the Woods, at the end of the narrow pathway leading from kyleshill to Raise Street, stood the distinguished Goat House...
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