East Ayrshire

A sizeable dormitory village of central East Ayrshire, Fenwick lies on the Fenwick Water 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Stewarton and a similar distance northeast of Kilmarnock. By the early 1970s, Fenwick was bypassed to the west by the A77 trunk road, and the M77 was extended to Fenwick in 2005. Fenwick Kirk dates from 1643, when the villagers were strict adherents to the Covenanting cause. In the 18th century Fenwick was known for shoe-making and weaving, and the Fenwick Weaver's Society, formed in 1761, is claimed to be the world's first co-operative society which bought food in bulk for its members. Its activities also resulted in the creation of Fenwick Library in 1808.

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