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Grangemouth, Falkirk

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Grangemouth, Falkirk

Grangemouth is a town and former burgh in the council area of Falkirk, Scotland. The town lies in the Forth Valley, on the banks of the Firth of Forth, 3 miles east of Falkirk, 5 miles west of Bo'ness and 13 miles south-east of Stirling. Grangemouth had a resident population of 17,906 according to the 2001 Census. Grangemouth's growth as a town relied mainly on its geographical location.
Administrative CountyFalkirk
Traditional CountyStirlingshire
OS GridNS9381
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityCentral Scotland
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCentral Scotland
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCentral Scotland
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01324
Population17,906 (2001 census)

Other names by which Grangemouth, Falkirk has been known in the past

Carron ~ Wharf

Grangemouth, Falkirk in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Grangemouth, seaport town, Falkirk, Bothkennar, and Polmont pars., E. Stirlingshire, on Firth of Forth, at entrance of Forth and Clyde Canal, and at confluence of Grange Burn and river Carron, 3 miles NE. of Falkirk by rail, pop. 4560; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Grangemouth was founded in 1777, in connection with the construction of the Forth and Clyde Canal; in 1810 it was made a head port. It has considerable docks (opened 1843,1859, and 1882) and timber basins; and outside the harbour is a sea-wall, 850 ft. long, at which the largest ships can unload. Grangemouth is the headquarters of several steamship lines trading to London, Norway, Sweden, the Baltic, and elsewhere. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) On end of S. embankment, at entrance of river Carron, is a lighthouse with fixed light seen 10 miles. Shipbuilding (principally of iron steamers) is carried on, and there are sawmills, brick and tile works, and a rope and sail factory. Grangemouth has a Public Institute, opened 1876; a public park, presented by the Earl of Zetland, 1882; and a Town Hall, founded 1884.

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