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Gourock, Inverclyde

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Gourock, Inverclyde

Gourock is a town falling within the Inverclyde council area and formerly forming a burgh of the historic county of Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. It has in the past functioned as a seaside resort on the Firth of Clyde. Its principal function today, however, is as a popular residential area, extending contiguously from Greenock, with a railway terminus and ferry services across the Clyde.
Post townGOUROCK
Administrative CountyInverclyde
Traditional CountyRenfrewshire
OS GridNS2477
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01475

Gourock, Inverclyde in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Gourock, town and quoad sacra par., Inverkip par., Renfrewshire, on S. shore of Firth of Clyde, 2 miles below Greenock (with which it has communication by tramway) -- q.s. par. (partly also in Greenock West par.), pop. 4296; town, pop. 3336; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Gourock commands fine views of the Clyde, and is a watering-place and yachting station. It consists of two parts -- Gourock proper, on Gourock Bay, and Ashton, on West Bay. Gourock Bay affords good anchorage for yachts, and has a pier for steamers; West Bay is a capital bathing ground. The Gamble Institute (1876) contains a public library, baths, &c. In vicinity are the seats of Gourock Castle and Gourock House. Of the old castle, held by the Douglases until their forfeiture in 1445, there are no remainns.

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