Powder House

A little octagonal building in Irvine (North Ayrshire), the Powder House is located on the right bank of the River Irvine, at the end of Thornwood Drive. It was built in 1642 following an instruction from King James VI (1566 - 1625) that powder magazines should be constructed in all Royal Burghs for the use of the army. Long disused, the building was restored in 1992. Now Category B-listed, it features a wrought-iron yett across the entrance, a slate roof and a weathervane.

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