(New Dailly)
South Ayrshire

The name of two villages on the Water of Girvan in South Ayrshire. New Dailly (or simply Dailly) lies 5½ miles (9 km) northeast of Girvan. This superseded Old Dailly which had grown near an ancient ford 3 miles (5 km) to the southeast. New Dailly was a planned village erected in the 1760s close to coal pits that were worked from Mediaeval times until the 1970s. Dailly Parish Church dates from 1767, while other facilities include a few shops, a library, a primary school (rebuilt in 2017 at a cost of £3.8 million), the Carrick Activity Centre (a modest sports centre and gym), a doctor's surgery and a Masonic Hall (1930). Extensive post-war housing in Dailly replaced many of the older run-down buildings.

A coal pit at nearby Dalquharran caught fire in 1849 and burned for half a century. The National Coal Board sunk a new pit at Dalquharran in 1951 and this operated until 1977. After closure the mine flooded and polluted water overflowed into the Water of Girvan. The Coal Board devised an award-winning scheme to extract clean water from the rock strata before it entered the mine and diverting this into the river.

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