This evening I am presenting a feature on a piece of industrial history in the form of Paisley and the textile industry.

During the 19th and 20th centuries Paisley and silks and were Kashmir shawls imported by the East India Company was at the heart of a thriving textile industry with a skilled workforce. The town’s hand loom weavers were expert at weaving fine lawns, muslinsthus well positioned to seize the opportunity when the intricately patterned became the height of fashion.

Paisley’s output soon dominated the market to the extent that the output of shawls and traditional patterns became known as ‘paisleys’.

During the late 19th and early 2oth centuries paisley’s prosperity was driven by the great thread mills of the Coats and Clark families which owned mills where thousands of local people produced sewing thread for export all over the world.

Some of the of the mill buildings still remain and the wealthy mill owners gifted to the town a legacy of buildings which include:

Sadly the textile business has declined to a shadow of its former self with many of the former mill buildings now demolished or converted to other uses, e.g.business parks.

This is an image of a refurbished mill. I have other images but am experiencing difficulty uploading them.

For persons interested in industrial history Paisley is deserving of a visit.

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