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Greenock, Inverclyde

Greenock is a town and administrative centre in the Inverclyde council area in Scotland, United Kingdom, and a former burgh within the historic county of Renfrewshire, located in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. It forms part of a contiguous urban area with Gourock to the west and Port Glasgow to the east. Greenock's population was recorded as being 45,467 in the 2001 census, a decrease from about 78,000 in 1966.
Administrative CountyInverclyde
Traditional CountyRenfrewshire
OS GridNS2776
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01475
Population45,467 (2001 Census)

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

Greenock, seaport and manufacturing town, parl. burgh, and par., Renfrewshire, on S. side of Firth of Clyde, 22½ miles NW. of Glasgow and 404 NW. of London by rail -- par. (divided into Greenock East par., pop. 6370; Greenock New or middle par., pop. 41,163; and Greenock Old or West par., pop. 21,705), 6021 ac., pop. 69,238; parliamentary and municipal burgh, pop. 65,884; 7 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Greenock is the fifth town in Scotland in point of population. It was created a burgh of barony in 1635, but at the Union, in 1707, it was still a mere fishing village; in 1710, when the first harbour was completed, it was made a custom-house port. At the beginning of the 19th century it ranked as the first port in Scotland, but it afterwards suffered severely for a time by the deepening of the Clyde up to Glasgow. It has now dock and quay accommodation amounting to upwards of 105 ac., and extending to a length of nearly 2 miles, and it carries on a large foreign trade, chiefly with the West and East Indies, the United States, Canada, and Australia. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) It has also an extensive passenger and goods traffic with Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast, &c., and is the great starting point for tourists to the Western Highlands. Greenock is the chief seat of the sugar refining business in Scotland, and sugar refining and iron shipbuilding are the principal among many important industries. Greenock has 1 distillery and 1 paper mill. James Watt (1736-1819) was a native; and among the public buildings -- which include the Custom House, Wood's Asylum for Mariners, and the New Municipal Buildings (founded 1881) -- are the Watt Institution (containing the Greenock Library) and the Watt Museum and Lecture Hall. Places of public resort, besides the parks, are the Lyle Road, which passes over the heights behind the town, and commands a series of magnificent views, and the Esplanade, which stretches along the margin of the river, and forms a promenade 1¼ mile long. Greenock returns 1 member to Parliament.

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