Steeple Hall and Tower.This building, which looks like a church from the outside, was originally designed for use as a meat market and school. It has a Bronze copy of the wooden statue of legendary piper Habbie Simpson on the Tower.

This evening, I am focusing on the historic and attractive village of Kilbarchan (pop 3622) which is situated a few miles S.W.of Paisley and Glasgow in the west of Scotland.. The name is derived from St. Barchan, probably an early Christian missionary from Ireland around the 6th century AD. Other features are:

  • Was a prominent weaving village in the early 19th century with some 800 looms reported to be in operation during the 1830s. This was a cottage industry type operation with houses having looms on the ground floor and living accommodation above. A legacy of this era remains in the form of the Weaver’s Cottage which dates from 1723 and is now a visitor attraction.
  • Kilbarchan is home to two churches, both Presbyterian. The late 18th century Kilbarchan East church is modelled on Castlehead church in Paisley. Kilbarchan West Church (now closed) dates from 1901 but replaced an earlier building dating from 1724.The latter is extant and used as the church hall, see image below.

Kilbarchan Old Church, 1724.

Kilbarchan West Parish Church. Now closed and for sale.

Weaver’s Cottage at Kilbarchan, Scotland.

Inscription over Weaver’s Cottage, Kilbarchan

Kilbarchan East Parish Church.

Image of Steeple Street, Kilbarchan

Video clip of Steeple Street, Kilbarchan, Scotland.

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