Wishaw

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Coordinates: 55°46′26″N 3°55′08″W / 55.773992°N 3.918915°W / 55.773992; -3.918915

Wishaw
Scots: Wishae
Wishaw.jpg
Main Street, Wishaw
Wishaw is located in North Lanarkshire
Wishaw

 Wishaw shown within North Lanarkshire
Population 28,565 (2001 census)
OS grid reference NS795555
Council area North Lanarkshire
Lieutenancy area Lanarkshire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WISHAW
Postcode district ML2
Dialling code 01698
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Motherwell and Wishaw
Scottish Parliament Motherwell and Wishaw
Central Scotland
List of places
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Wishaw is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is bordered by Motherwell and Carluke, and is split into several areas such as Netherton, Craigneuk, Newmains, Cambusnethan and Pather.

One of only three hospitals in Lanarkshire is in Wishaw. Wishaw General Hospital is at the bottom of Wishaw, easy to find as it is on the main A721 road.

History[change | edit source]

The origin of the name is uncertain. One suggestion is that it is from the Scots word for "Wicket gate in the wood", and that it used to be called Wygateshaw. Another theory is that it was originally Viashaw, meaning way or road through the wood. Yet another theory is that the name derives from "Wee Shaw", meaning small wood.

In November 1996, the world's worst recorded outbreak of E. coli occurred in the town, in which 20 people died and around 200 were infected.[1]

People[change | edit source]

Wishaw has had a number of famous residents, including:

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