Fiunishing Mill, Anchor Mills, Pailsey, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on the former Finishing Mill being part of the former Anchor Mills thread making complex in Paisley, Scotland. Although no longer used for industrial purposes, the building represents an important legacy of Paisley’s former leadership of the thread manufacturing industry. Summary facts and information:

  • Built 1886 for John Clark of the eponymous Paisley based family of thread manufacturers.
  • Constructed in red brick and extends to 36,000 square feet.
  • The interior features a central well topped with an unusual glass lantern light. This design allows light to flood in and provide space for drive belts to reach machines on top floor from engine on ground floor.
  • The anchor mills complex reached a peak of 51 acres in 1952 but work ceased in the 1980s.
  • After a period of dereliction, the site was regenerated under auspices of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and was re-opened in 2005 as a combined location for business units and private apartments.

An attractive building forming an important part of Scotland’s industrial history.

Finishing Mill, Anchor Mills Complex, Paisley, Scotland.

Anchor Mills Logo, Paisley, Scotland.

Finishing Mill at Anchor Mills, Paisley, Scotland

Exterior of Finishing Mill, Anchor Mills, Paisley, Scotland.

Central Well, Finishing Mill at Anchor Mills, Paisley, Scotland

Glass Lantern Light, Anchor Mills, Paisley, Scotland

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