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Scottish Gaelic Baile a 'Ghobhainn
Govan's Town Hall
Govan's Town Hall
Coordinates 55 ° 52 ′  N , 4 ° 19 ′  W Coordinates: 55 ° 52 ′  N , 4 ° 19 ′  W
Govan (Scotland)
Post town GLASGOW
ZIP code section G51
prefix 0141
Part of the country Scotland
Council area Glasgow
British Parliament Glasgow South West
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Southside , Glasgow Pollok

Govan ( Scottish Gaelic : Baile a 'Ghobhainn ) is a district and former Burgh in the southwest part of the Scottish city ​​of Glasgow . Govan is located about four kilometers west of Glasgow city center on the south bank of the River Clyde opposite the confluence of the River Kelvin into the Clyde and the District Partick. It used to be a center of coal mining and the textile industry.

The sculpture stones by Govan in the parish church are worth seeing .

Shipbuilding tradition

In 1843 Robert Napier built his first iron ship here. The shipyard he founded came into the possession of Harland & Wolff in 1912 and was closed in 1962. In 1860, with Fairfield Shipbuilders, another large shipyard was founded in Govan , which built numerous large ships for the Royal Navy , but also large passenger ships such as the Empress of Canada (1920) and which was incorporated into the Govan Shipbuilders group in 1972 . Today it belongs to BAE Systems and the VT Group . The Govan Graving Docks ( dry docks for ship repairs), built between 1869 and 1898 and closed in 1988, are to be restored.


Govan's sons and daughters

People related to Govan

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Information from the Scottish Parliament
  2. Info on , accessed September 15, 2017.

Web links

Commons : Govan  - collection of images, videos and audio files