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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:

Read more on Tour Paisley Mills…

This evening I am presenting some images taken during recent research for an ancestry tour.

Seedhill Road, Paisley is on old industrial/residential part of Paisley with a former textile mill (Anchor Mill) which has been converted to a business centre.

This is Seedhill Road with the former mill in the middle distance.

Once aspect of the former mill.
This is 19 Seedhill Road where the ancestor of my client lived at one time in the 1800s.
Seedhill Road and the mill.

Overall, I think its fair to say that Paisley is somewhat jaded and need to reinvent itself to re-capture the glory days of the 1800s boom town when the local textile industry reined supreme. Paisley has a great heritage, particularly the magnificent Abbey which is underrated and does not normally feature on the tourist trail.

On each visit I get a different appreciation of Paisley, with its fascinating industrial history, and may set up a dedicated web page in the future.

Read more on Tour Seedhill Road Paisley Scotland…

This evening I am presenting some images from the Cathedral and Necropolis, an elevated area where it is believed that Glasgow started life.

Here is an image of the Necropolis with John Knox memorial in the middle distance. The Necropolis ( City of the Dead) is a fascinating place where have been laid to rest the ‘great and good’ of Glasgow during the 19th century. It contains the remains of almost every eminent Glaswegian of its day.

The following images are of Glasgow Cathedral, the only complete medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland. This was built on the site of St.Mungo‘s original church established AD 543.

Most of the Cathedral dates from the 13th century with completion at end of the 15th century.

Blackadder Aisle

The Cathedral is a “must” for the visitor to Glasgow.

Read more on Historic Glasgow Tour…