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Port Glasgow, Gourock Ropeworks

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    BAY STREET
  • Canmore ID
    42443
  • Site type
    ROPE WORKS (18TH CENTURY), SUGAR REFINERY (19TH CENTURY)
  • Parish
    PORT GLASGOW
  • Council
    RENFREWSHIRE
  • NGR
    NS 32570 74414
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.933544N, 4.681821W
  • Archeological notes
    NS37SW 29 32570 74414 See also NS37SW 30; probably formed a single unit. (Location cited as NS 326 745 and name as Gourock Ropeworks). Founded on this site 1797. An interesting group of buildings dominated by a 7-storey and attic, 8-by-15-bay, red-and-white brick structure, originally a sugar refinery (1860's). The oldest part is probably the 2-storey ropewalk which is largely 18th century in construction. The 2-storey, 16-bay ashlar office block with its round-headed windows is also noteworthy. J R Hume 1976. NS37SW 29 and 30 operated as one unit under the name 'Gourock Ropeworks'. The 7-storey and attic building is now 'A' Listed. The ropewalk was closed in the 1970s and has been demolished. Information from M Oglethorpe, RCAHMS, 11 May 1988.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 42443 (10/1974)
    Oblique aerial view of Port Glasgow shipbuilding yard and Newark Castle, taken from the NE.
  • 42443 (10/1974)
    Oblique aerial view of Port Glasgow, taken from the N.
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Exterior view of ropewalk
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of rope tarring area
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of House Rope machines
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks General view of top floor
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View along length of top floor
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of bobbin creel
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Detail of foreturn
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of foreturn
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View along length of ropewalk
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of rear of traveller
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View along length of ropewalk
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of traveller in situ
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Detail of front of traveller
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Deatil of traveller in situ
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gurock Ropeworks Detail of front of traveller
  • 42443 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of front of traveller
  • 42443 (4/1974)
    Port Glasgow, Gourock Rorework Company View from WNW
  • 42443 (4/1974)
    Port Glasgow, Gourock Rorework Company, interior View of traveller
  • 42443 (4/1974)
    Port Glasgow, Gourock Rorework Company, interior View of travellers' workings
  • 42443 (1977)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1977)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 (1988)
    Aerial view.
  • 42443 ()
    Page 7/2. General view from E. POSTCARD ALBUM No 1: RENFREW AND BUTE
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    General view from NE.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    General view from N.
  • 42443 ()
    View from NE.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    General view from NW.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    General view from SE.
  • 42443 (11/5/1988)
    View from NW.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. View of E end of ropewalk.
  • 42443 (11/5/1988)
    View of offices from N.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. View of top-cart on S walk.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. View of walk machinery at E end of ropewalk.
  • 42443 (16/2/1976)
    Photographic copy of record sheet showing detail of column and beam connection.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. Detail of beam and column.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. Detail of junction between jack-arch and beam in ropewalk.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. Detail of exposed beam and column connection in machine hall.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. Detail of fireproof floor construction in ropewalk.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Detail of keystone.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. View of house machine.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior. View of remains of house machine.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    General view of building complex from South West with ropewalk in foreground
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    View of Ropework exterior from North West
  • 42443 ()
    Photographic copy of Gourock, Greenock and Port Glasgow Ropemakers Society Certificate dated 30th July 1813, showing the ropemaking process together with a view of the harbour.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Detail of bobbin-frame situated at East end of ropewalk
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Eastmost section of ropewalk showing jack-arch fireproof construction
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Ropewalk - detail of rope-guide
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Detail of type of 'stake' or 'gate' support for supporting of ropes
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Detail of type of 'stake' or 'gate' support for supporting of ropes
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Detail of type of 'stake' or 'gate' support for supporting of ropes
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior view of East end of ropewalk showing walk machinery; foregear, traveller and top-cart (reading right to left).
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior view of East end of ropewalk showing three-part relationship of walk machinery: foregear, traveller and top-cart (reading from right to left).
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior view of machine hall in eastmost section of ropewalk, showing bowed shape of cast-iron beams, here exposed.
  • 42443 (2/1976)
    Interior view of intermediate two-storey section - arched fireproof floor construction supported on centre row of cast-iron columns

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 491747 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Exterior view of ropewalk
  • 491745 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of rope tarring area
  • 491743 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of House Rope machines
  • 491742 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks General view of top floor
  • 491740 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View along length of top floor
  • 491738 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of bobbin creel
  • 491735 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Detail of foreturn
  • 491734 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of foreturn
  • 491729 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of rear of traveller
  • 491712 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View along length of ropewalk
  • 491710 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of traveller in situ
  • 491699 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Detail of front of traveller
  • 491697 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks Detail of traveller in situ
  • 491696 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of front of traveller. This twisted the strands into rope as it travelled forward
  • 491694 (1974)
    Gourock Ropeworks View of front of traveller. This twisted the strands into rope as it travelled forward
  • 455002 ()
    Gourock Ropeworks View from S
  • 455001 ()
    Gourock Ropeworks View of main productive building from NE
  • 455000 ()
    Gourock Ropeworks General View of complex from SE
  • 431656 (4/1974)
    Port Glasgow, Gourock Rorework Company, interior View of traveller
  • 431655 (4/1974)
    Port Glasgow, Gourock Ropework Company, interior View of travellers' workings
  • 431653 (4/1974)
    Port Glasgow, Gourock Ropework Company View from WNW
  • 1257355 (18/9/1932)
    Port Glasgow, general view, showing Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd., Bay Street and Greenock Road. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east.
  • 1257354 (18/9/1932)
    Port Glasgow, general view, showing Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd., Bay Street and Greenock Road. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west.
  • 1257348 (18/9/1932)
    Port Glasgow, general view, showing Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd., Bay Street and Docks. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west.
  • 1257347 (18/9/1932)
    Port Glasgow, general view, showing Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd., Bay Street and Bouverie Street. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing north-west.
  • 1257346 (18/9/1932)
    Port Glasgow, general view, showing Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd., Bay Street and Docks. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west.
  • 1257345 (18/9/1932)
    Port Glasgow, general view, showing Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd., Bay Street and Bouverie Street. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing north-west.
  • 683729 (2/1976)
    General view of building complex from South West with ropewalk in foreground
  • 683690 (2/1976)
    General view from NE. Digital image of RE/1248
  • 344775 ()
    Interior view of intermediate two-storey section - arched fireproof floor construction supported on centre row of cast-iron columns
  • 344774 ()
    Interior view of East end of ropewalk showing three-part relationship of walk machinery: foregear, traveller and top-cart (reading from right to left).
  • 344773 ()
    Detail of type of 'stake' or 'gate' support for supporting of ropes
  • 344768 ()
    Detail of type of 'stake' or 'gate' support for supporting of ropes
  • 344765 ()
    Detail of type of 'stake' or 'gate' support for supporting of ropes
  • 344763 ()
    Ropewalk - detail of rope-guide
  • 344762 ()
    View of Ropework exterior from North West
  • 344761 ()
    View of Greenock and Port Glasgow Ropemakers Society Certificate dated 30th July 1813, showing the ropemaking process together with a view of the harbour.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 42443 ()
    J R Hume Industrial/CBA cards. Filed under Renfrewshire county, Port Glasgow parish, Gourock Ropeworks. (See NMRS MS/749 entry for Collection description)
  • 42443 (1975)
    Survey Notes and Sketches, captioned Contract Prints. Draft of paper "The Gourock Ropework Co" by Mr MacDonald, Works Manager. Correspondance. Copies of Record Sheets.

LIBRARY

  • 42443 (16/2/1976)
    Record sheet.

PRINT ROOM

  • 42443 (1930)
    POSTCARD ALBUM NO.1: RENFREW AND BUTE Brown simulated-leather hard backed book titled on front in gold 'Postcard Album' and labelled inside back cover 'No.S 437, Holding 300. Johnson, London'. 50 pages slotted to hold three postcards on each side. The few used postcards are addressed to G H Henderson and Mr & Mrs R S Henderson at various Edinburgh addresses, including 28 New Register House in 1930 (page 33); this is the earliest postmark, they continue until 1972. The locations are carefully arranged like itineraries, mostly dating from 1930's, some have duplicates inserted later over previous pictures.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 42443 (16/2/1976)
    Record sheet showing detail of column and beam connection.

  • 42443 (1/10/2003)
    Approach to rear
  • 42443 (1/10/2003)
    Right and rear elevations
  • 42443 (1/10/2003)
    Right elevation
  • 42443 (1/10/2003)
    Front and right elevations

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Dumbartonshire, Sheet XXI1857-60
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Renfrewshire, Sheet II1857

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Renfrew, Sheet 002.121857
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Renfrew, Sheet 002.121857
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Renfrew, Sheet 002.111857
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Renfrew, Sheet 002.111857