In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Ardrossan like this:
Ardrossan, par., seaport, and watering-place, NW. Ayrshire, 32 miles SW. of Glasgow by rail -- par., 7341 ac., pop. 7777; town, pop. 4036; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. It has a good harb., and carries on fishing and a large export trade in coal and iron; shipbuilding is the principal industry; steamers ply to Ayr, Glasgow, Arran, Belfast, Newry, and various foreign ports. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix..
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Ardrossan has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Ayrshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Ardrossan and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ardrossan in North Ayrshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd May 2013
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