Bowling  Dunbartonshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Bowling like this:

Bowling or Bowling Bay, a locality in Old Kilpatrick parish, Dumbartonshire. Including a narrow strip of level ground along the Clyde, overhung by the picturesque acclivities of the Kilpatrick Hills, it stands at the western end of the Forth and Clyde Canal, on the road from Glasgow to Helensburgh, and on the Glasgow, Dumbarton, and Helensburgh railway, 3½ miles ESE of Dumbarton. ...

At it are the terminal lock of the canal, two landing places for steamers, a long range of wooden wharfs, a large embanked pool for berthing steamers in winter, a shipbuilding yard, a railway station, two inns, a post office under Glasgow with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, and a public school, which, with accommodation for 130 children, had (1879) an average attendance of 118, and a grant of £117. Pop. (1871) 799, (1881) 815

Bowling through time

Bowling is now part of West Dunbartonshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dunbartonshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Bowling itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bowling in West Dunbartonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 13th April 2024

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