Greenock Charcoal Works :: Shared Description

At 21 Dellingburn Street. It's difficult to tell if these premises are still in use due to their run down, but secure appearance.

Opened by John Poynter of Glasgow in 1834 to produce charcoal filters from animal bones for the many Greenock sugar refineries of that time. Later taken over by British Charcoals and Macdonalds Ltd, current owners unknown.

If you have ever been in the vicinity while charcoal is being produced you will relate to this comment by Prof. John R. Hume of RCAHMS in 1971 "The process of making animal charcoal is a malodorous one, so that visual concerns were secondary to olfactory ones".

The remains of a spur from the Glasgow to Princes Pier railway line can be seen beyond the blue gate on the Dellingburn Street side of the works. A short section of track, complete with a weighbridge for railway trucks, can be seen there.

A branch of Shaws Water Works LinkExternal link runs through the premises, but is not visible from the road.

The silos were added after 1971 and are currently in a dilapidated state.

Here is a LinkExternal link to the Canmore web site pages about this site, which includes John R. Hume's photo of the same scene from 1971.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Scott Street by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Greenock charcoal Works by Thomas Nugent
NS2775 : Lynedoch goods station tunnel by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Charcoal Works by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Greenock charcoal Works by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Greenock charcoal Works by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Scott Street by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Railway weighbridge by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Charcoal Works by Thomas Nugent
NS2775 : Lynedoch goods station tunnel by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Charcoal Works by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Railway weighbridge by Thomas Nugent
NS2875 : Scott Street by Thomas Nugent


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Created: Sat, 28 Nov 2015, Updated: Sat, 3 Sep 2016

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