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Greenock, Custom House Place, Custom House

Custom House (19th Century)

Site Name Greenock, Custom House Place, Custom House

Classification Custom House (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Greenock Harbour; Custom House Square

Canmore ID 41309

Site Number NS27NE 39

NGR NS 28308 76204

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Inverclyde
  • Parish Greenock
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Inverclyde
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Summary Record (14 October 2011)

William Burn's Custom House (1818) was until April 2011 still used by HM Revenue and Customs, one of the last historic purpose built Customs Houses still used for their original purpose. The Revenue moved out in 2011 and the building now houses the office of the regeneration company, 'Riverside Inverclyde' and other parts are available for letting.

Information from RCAHMS (CAJS) 2011.

Archaeology Notes

NS27NE 39 28308 76204

Custom House [NAT]

OS (GIS) AIB, June 2006.

Architecture Notes


Architect: William Burn 1816

NMRS Photographs: PSA Photograph Collection

1965 G/821-2 general views

1983 G/6402 extension

1984 Y/698 drawings; G/6727 prior to alterations

1985 G/7444 masonry and general views.

1986 G/7816; G/7875 internal views

1987 G/7920; G/7967; G/8084; G/8197 progress

1988 G/8275; G/8382; G/8414; G/8490; G/8569 progress

G/8570; G/8293; G/8315; G/8380; G/8415; G/8458; G/8489 west wing

1989 G/8654; G/8732; G/8757; G/8797 progress

G/8653; G/8733; G/8758; G/8796 west wing

G/8901 completed building

1990 G/9164 completed building; G/9098 conservation award plaque


List of 25 drawings by William Burn, 1816 in R.I.B.A, London - typescript list in Misc. File under R.I.B.A drawings.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

(Location cited as NS 283 761). Custom House, built 1818. A 2-storey and attic, 6-by-13-bay building on a U plan. There are pedimented tetrastyle Doric porticoes on the north and east faces, and pilastered corner features.

J R Hume 1976.

Field Visit (7 July 2016 - 7 July 2016)


Photographic Survey (March 1965)

Photographic survey by the Ministry of Works in March 1965.

Photographic Survey (14 October 2011)

Photographed on behalf of the Buildings of Scotland Publications.


Photographic Survey (14 October 2011)

Photographed for the Listed Buildings Area Survey.



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