Basic Site Details

Name: Greenock Poorhouse and Parochial Asylum
Town, district or village: Greenock
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost: 80,000 or 122,904, depending on source (the former sum is specifically for building costs).

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Ravenscraig HospitalYes 
Item 2 of 4Smithston Institution  
Item 3 of 4Smithston Lunatic Asylum  
Item 4 of 4Smithston Poorhouse  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Poor house  
Item 2 of 2Psychiatric hospital  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318751879  
Item 2 of 3September 1876 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 3March 1879 Opened 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3John StarforthArchitect 18751879 
Item 2 of 3Joseph John ToughArchitectBAfter 1899Before 1911Extension
Item 3 of 3Stewart, Tough & AlexanderArchitectural practiceBAfter 1899Before 1911Extension


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Darragh, Alison2011Prison or Palace? Heaven or Hell? An architectural and social study of the development of public lunatic asylums in Scot Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrewsvol 3, pp 96-8
Item 2 of 3Richardson, HarrietN.D.Scottish Hospitals Survey Unpublished typescript (copy in DMW Archive)Listed as Ravenscraig Hospital
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p125-126

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register51132 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Joseph John Tough: L v21 no1636