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The Village Store, Bishopton
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The Village Store, Bishopton

A large dormitory village situated on the Clyde estuary 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Paisley, Bishopton grew from a village of less than 300 inhabitants in 1959 to its present population following the development of rail and road links with Glasgow. Local industries include a tyre factory and the Royal Ordnance Factory, built in 1937 to utilise the expertise in munitions manufacture established in the First World War at the nearby Georgetown Filling Factory which employed over 10,000 workers in 1917. The lands nearby, owned by the Bishopric of Glasgow in the 14th Century, were later held by the Brisbane family and, from 1703, by the Lords of Blantyre. Notable buildings include Bishopton House (17th-century, recast 1916-20 and now renamed Cora House Learning and Conference Centre), Drums (1770, repaired 1898-1900 for the Lithgow ship-building family), Formakin (1903) by Robert Lorimer and now within a country park, and Dargavel House (16th-century) within the Royal Ordnance Factory grounds.

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