I’d been travelling on the Ayr X77 coach for some time before I came to realise there was more than simple decoration to the graphic across the top of the windscreen than I had at first thought. Probably too busy looking out the side window.
Often, when the coach arrives in Ayr, gulls appear and sit on the roof, and that was something I only noticed when I saw tourists grabbing their smartphones to take a pic.
Of course, the day I was early, sitting around bored, was also the day there wasn’t a gull to be seen. On a positive note, at least I didn’t have to be anti-social, and push the tourists out of the way to get this pic.
When I looked closer and identified all the subjects, I was surprised to find that although most of them are possibly iconic, and easy to recognise (for locals at least), some of them are not so obvious, as the simplified silhouettes could be mistaken for other features – so have to be viewed in the context of their location.
So far, I have no idea what the simple building with the pitched roof and windows represents, but it looks as it has a small cross at one end, and the position of the window must be significant. BUT, every church building I can come up with which has a small cross, also has a small bell tower or other feature at the opposite end of the roof.
It’s something I just don’t seem to have come across, either on foot, or in photographic collections (or have forgotten, if I have).
If you’re reading this, I haven’t identified it, so I am looking for help from someone who knows better.
Places featured in the graphic
Ayr Sheriff Court
St John’s Tower
Ayr Town Hall
Glasgow Prestwick Airport (with jet above)
Whitelee Wind Farm
Clyde Auditorium or Armadillo
Clyde Arc or Squinty Bridge
That mystery building
Apart from my own sighting made while tramping around the town, and surrounding area, I’ve gone through two collections of historic/notable images dating back more than 100 years, and can’t pick out anything that really matches the graphic on the coach.
It’s not that there are no candidates, just that none of them match the structure depicted in the simplified graphic.
While I can find a few that have the plain cross at one end, it seems the other end always features some sort of small addition representing a bell tower or similar.
Others feature wings extending from the main structure, usually with a pitched roof meeting the main roof, so giving them a very different profile/silhouette. The single window high on the gable is also not to be seen, most building seem to have three windows, and the roof corner detail is also missing on most.
I’m struggling with this one, and have added a closer view (straightened out) below, in the hope that it sticks in my head, or might be recognised by someone who sees it.
Note that I’m interpreting the light area to the right of the two windows on the right, to be a porched entrance to the building.
It’s not Cathcart Church, Fort Street AKA Dansarena
Given the subjects are well-known places, I briefly thought of Dansarena, now a long-established dance studio in Fort Street, based in the former Cathcart Church, which was also known as the New Church, when it was built as an extension to the Auld Kirk.
If nothing else, like nearly all the posibilities I’ve considered, the Dansarena building has THREE windows in it gable, not the single item seen in the graphic.