Inchinnan's location locally and nationally
|Population:||1,574 (1991 Census)|
|Local Government Region:||Renfrewshire|
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|Dialling Code:||0141 812|
Inchinnan (Innis Fhionghain in Scottish Gaelic) is a small village in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The village is located on the main A8 road between Renfrew and Greenock, just southeast of the town of Erskine.
In the 12th century the Gall-Gael leader Somerled landed an invasion fleet on the shore of the Clyde near Inchinnan. He met his death shortly thereafter, either assassinated in his tent as he camped or from a spear wound suffered in battle.
Historic buildings and sites
Inchinnan swing bridge. The present bridge swings vertically so it is a bascule bridge; it replaced an earlier a swing bridge. The bridge is still capable of opening, as the Babcock and Wilcox (now Doosan Babcock Energy) factory at Porterfield, Renfrew need to retain the capability to move large loads by boat, via the White Cart Water, to the River Clyde.
Inchinnan hosts an art deco style category A listed building called India of Inchinnan, the former office block of the India Tyres of Inchinnan factory which occupied the site from 1927 until the early 1980s. It has now been renovated into private offices. India Tyres also built two groups of houses to accommodate its workers: Allands Avenue and India Drive. Prior to its use as a tyre factory, the site was used by William Beardmore and Company to build airships in World War I; the Inchinnan Airship Constructional Station. Several airships, the No's R24, R27, R34 and the R36 were built on this site. The company built 52 houses in Inchinnan, at Beardmore Cottages, to house its workers.
East of the village beside the A8 road is a spoil tip from a disused ironstone mine. This hillock is now covered with trees. The mine, known as the Blythswood mine was abandoned by 1875.
There is a bus depot in Inchinnan which belonged to Arriva Scotland West and before that Western SMT (later Clydeside Scottish). In December 2011, it was announced that Arriva had agreed to sell the company to the independent operator McGill's Bus Services and all of Arriva Scotland West's operations ceased on Monday 26 March 2012.
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- Johnson, Ian, (1993). Beardmore Built: The Rise and Fall of a Clydeside Shipyard. Clydebank: Clydebank District Libraries & Museums Department.
- Wool, Alex "The Age of the Sea-Kings: 900-1300" in Omand, Donald (ed.) (2006) The Argyll Book. Edinburgh. Birlinn. ISBN 1-84158-480-0
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