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The name Howwood probably comes from Hollow in the Wood. It was once known as Hollowood which later became Howwood.
Renfrewshire has a strong historical association with cloth, and Howwood is no different. The main industry was bleaching & cotton cloth finishing. Agriculture and farming were important industries, and there was also a history of coalmining.
There were Bleach fields at Midtownfield (Midton Road) and Bowfield Works (Country Club).
The Midtownfield Bleachfield used "Beetling" Machinery. "Beetling" was a finishing process for cloth (usually linen) which involved pounding the cloth with heavy weights.
It is probably not surprising given the nearby village of Elderslie is the birthplace of William Wallace that there are some local references to him. This is true in that Elliston Castle is reputed to be the site of one of Wallace's clashes.
Another landmark on the outskirts of the village is the Temple on Kenmure Hill. It was built around 1760 and is best described as a circular folly. The use or purpose is unknown, but local tales are that it was a house for an ill child, a covenanters' watch tower or a vantage point for the ladies to watch the hunt.
There was a convenanting battle at Muirdykes, and it took place on 18 June 1685: it was covenanters lead by the Cochranes from Johnstone Castle and another local family from Caldwell tower Uplawmoor, in a skirmish against government forces.
Set high above the village is Castle Walls. There is history here which dates back to The Iron Age
A BRIEF HISTORY
- C.1500-Semple Family move from Elliston Castle to the Castle Semple Estate
- 1865-Covenanters and Royalists clash at Elliston Castle
- 1760-Temple on Kenmure Hill built
- 1767-Garthland Bridge built
- 1770-The Howwood Inn is built
- 1830-Toll House built
- 1835-Midtownfield Bleachfield founded
- 1840-Temporary Station opens
- 1685, 18 June convenanting battle at Muirdykes
- 1876-Permanent Station opens
- 1882-Howwood Population 333
- 1905-Mains water comes to Village
- 1909-Mains Gas comes to village
- 1913-Kilknowe Cottages built
- 1924-Midton Cottages built
- 1928-Church of Christ the King built
- 1935-Electricity comes to the Village
- 1955-Railway Station closes
- 1960-Bowfield Bleachworks close
- 1991-Howwood Population 1035
- 1993-Johnstone-Howwood Bypass opened
- 2001-Howwood Railway Station re- opened
Old Names Around Howwood
Thirdpart HallLow Howwood
High HowwoodMeikle Howwood
The Six LumsSaracen Head Inn
Toll HouseCastle Walls
- Howwood Walking Map July 2014
- Walking Guide July 2014 Image 1 Image 2
- Howwood Newsletter June 2014
- Better Broadband for Howwood Campaign - February 2014 Update From RT Hon Douglas Alexander MP
- Digital Scotland Sfast Broadband
- Howwood Wildlife and Woodlands Walks 2014/15
- Howwood Village Needs your Support Feb 2014
- Howwood War Memorial Feb 2014
- Better Broadband for Howwood Campaign - HCC Update
- Howwood Community Resilience Plan Registration Form Jan 2013
- Semple Trail
- Information On Elderly People
- Contact The Elderly Application Form
- SRANI 2010
- Howwood Route Guide
- The Howwood Village Survey Results