County Buildings & Jail

County Square, Paisley

Paisley’s 19th century County Buildings & Jail, sat between county Square and the River White Cart. They replaced Paisley Tollbooth that sat at the corner of the High Street and Moss Street. In turn The County of Renfrew decided that their space in the buildings was too small and in 1887 they decided to build new county buildings beside the Sheriff Count on St James St. (see this post for details)

To view the location and location of the buildings associated with the County Buildings and Jail have a look at the National Library of Scotland’s Map website. The link below will take you to the County Square (known originally as County Place). The County Buildings face on to the Square, while the Jail is at the rear.

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=55.8468&lon=-4.4238&layers=106&b=1

County Buildings – 1822 Entitled Public Offices, Jail and Bridewell. In this image the gatehouse entrance to the Police Station and the Female Ward of the Jail have not been constructed.

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Paisley Jail – the Female ‘Ward’ is the range of buildings to the left. the Male ‘Wards’ are partially obscured to the right.
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County Buildings to left, Gatehouse entrance to Police Station and Jail to rear during demolition.
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