India of Inchinnan

This evening, I am posting information on today’s tour entailing visits to a somewhat eclectic mix of sites comprising 1000 year old carved stones, an Edwardian swimming pool, a surviving example of 1920s engineering and a stunning, 1930 Art Deco building.

Here, fenced off in a corner of the Normandy Hotel car park can be found St. Conval’s Chariot and the Argyll Stone.The stones are in their original location and may be connected with an early cross.

Inchinnan Stones: St.Conval’s Chariot and Argyll Stone, Normandy Hotel

 At Inchinnan Church can be found three carved stones dating from around the 10th century AD. The large slab with central cross is probably from an important tomb, the second is a lesser ranking tomb whilst the third is the shaft of a upright cross. Note contrasting stone types-red and yellow sandstones which are common in S.W. Scotland.

Inchinnan Stones, Scotland

Inchinnan Stones, Scotland

Here are images of Renfrew’s Victory Baths which commemorate the end of WW1. Inside is a memorial to the approximately 1125 local men who lost their lives in First World War. The baths were donated by a local ship builder.

The pool is 25 yards long with 1920s layout of cubicles around the pool, arched doorways and memorabilia.

Victory Baths, Renfrew, Scotland

Victory Baths, Renfrew

 Here is the lifting bridge on the White Cart (river) located close to the Normandy Hotel. This is the only Scherger type bridge still operating in Scotland and dates from 1923.

Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, 1923.

 Here is the India (tyre) factory built in 1930 with famous Art Deco facade. Airships were built on this site between 1916 and 1921.

India of Inchinnan, Art Deco building from1930

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