Three Towns

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Map of c.1854 showing the Three Towns: Devonport with its defences to the left, Stonehouse in the centre, Plymouth to the right

The Three Towns is a term used to refer to the neighbouring towns of Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse in the county of Devon, England.[1][2][3] They were formally merged in 1914 to become the Borough of Plymouth.[4] In 1928, the Borough was granted City status by Royal Charter.


Location of Scotland's 'Three Towns' in North Ayrshire

The term 'three towns' is also used[5][6][7][8] in reference to the small towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston in North Ayrshire (historically Cunninghame) which together form one contiguous settlement along the eastern shore of the Firth of Clyde with a population of around 32,000; most local amenities are shared across the localities.[9]


The term is also sometimes used to refer to the small towns of Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton, situated to the north of Accrington in the Hyndburn district of Lancashire.[10][11]


  1. ^ "The Deanery of the Three Towns". Devon Family History Society. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Three towns amalgamation centenary stone". Plymouth City Council. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Plymouth's Great War: Three Towns United in Conflict". Devon Museums. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-07-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Three Towns". North Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Home". Threetowners. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Three Towns". North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  8. ^ "The Three Towns". Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Mid-2016 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Three Towns Food Bank". St Charles RC Church Rishton. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Office: Great Harwood". Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors. Retrieved 18 May 2019.

Coordinates: 50°22′17″N 4°08′33″W / 50.37139°N 4.14250°W / 50.37139; -4.14250