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Guide to Paisley (1896)

Guide to Paisley: with views

By J R Parlane

This book was first published in May 1896 by local publisher J & R Parlane. In their introduction they ask –

”Have you got a Guide To Paisley?”

This was and is a question that has often been asked by visitors to our good town. This little handbook was intended as their response to the question. Within you will find a description of Paisley as it was in 1896, along with 50 views of the town. A description of some of the villages of Renfrewshire are also included.

Paperback £15 on Amazon

Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1095310828

New for 2022

Launching in late 2022 we have our first in person course since early 2020. We will be using a new venue – Paisley St George’s church on Causeyside Street in Paisley which is close to bus roots and has a car park at its rear.

The first course will start on Monday 24th January at 7pm we will start looking at “Beginners Genealogy” a 4 week course introducing you to researching your family history using Scottish Records. On the 7th March we will start a new 4 week course looking at ‘Renfrewshire’s Archaeology’.

Courses cost £60 each and will be available to book from Monday 22nd November 2021

More details will be published shortly.

Monastic Landscape of Paisley Abbey Walk – Sat 11 Dec 1-3pm

This Monastic Landscape of Paisley Abbey Walk will explore areas of Paisley that were once owned by the Abbey – from the Monastic site of the Abbey to its orchard, deer park and more. We will look at what survives of the monastic complex, what has been lost and what may survive beneath our feet. We will meet at the West Front of the Abbey at 1pm.

This is our last walk of 2021 and we hope to finish with a visit to a local coffee shop to relax, have a warm drink to look forward to Christmas and the New Year.

We now have radio receivers for use during the walk to allow distancing, and to allow the guide to be heard. If you wish to make use of the receivers, you are welcome to bring your own headphones, or you can use our own which will be sanitised between uses.

Bookings have now closed

Essential Information

Monastic Landscape of Paisley Walk

Code: UHHW2021-9 Date: Saturday 11 December 2021 Time 1.00pm. Meeting Point: West Front of Paisley Abbey on Abbey Close, Paisley.

Cost £5.50 By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

Ferguslie Mills Heritage Walk – 4th Dec -. POSTPONED

Join us as we explore the remains of the former Fergulsie mills, and other buildings connected to the Coats family in the west end of Paisley. Several mill buildings survive along with examples of mill housing and the some buildings connected to the Coats family themselves.

We start the walk at the gates into Ferguslie Park on Thomas Street, (beside the Abbey Nursery) and will conclude at the site of the former Half-time School at the junction of Maxwelton Rd/ Maxwelton Street.

We now have radio receivers for use during the walk to allow distancing, and to allow the guide to be heard. If you wish to make use of the receivers, you are welcome to bring your own headphones, or you can use our own which will be sanitised between uses.

This walk has been postponed. Please see the post for the same walk on the 29th January 2022

Essential Information

Feerguslie Mills Heritage Walk

Code: UHHW2021-7 Date: Saturday 4 December 2021 Time 1.00pm. Meeting Point: Thomas Street, Paisley (just off Fergulsie ( A761).

Cost £5.50 By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

New for autum & winter heritage walking tours

We now have specialised walking tour headsets available for our Heritage Walks starting from our Old Paisley Walk on the 16th October 2021. The receiver takes a standard set of earphones using a 3.5mm jack. We can provide a set of earphones or you are welcome to bring your own. Our earphones will be sanitised before and after use, along with the receiver.

Using the headsets allows more social distancing and allows you to hear the guide a lot clearer (and also help save the guides voice!) If you want to make use of the headset please let us know in advance or at the start of any of the walks you are booked on.

Autumn & Winter Heritage Walks 2021

Our autumn & winter heritage walks are back and now being slowly added to our website. We begin on the 14th October with a walk exploring old Paisley from the top of Causeyside Street down to Paisley Abbey. On the 30th October we have a new walk – Paisley & witches that will explore the true story behind Paisley’s connection to witch hunts and other myths connected to witches on the town. The timings of the walks change slightly for the winter meeting at 1pm and finishing around 3pm.

We aim to have all the events online this week, with the October walks up by tonight. The full schedule is shown below

A familiar building??

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So what is this building in the picture? It is on Paisley High Street, close to two Paisley landmarks, but today it is a lot different!

The two canons might just give it away. This is the original Volunteer Drill Hall, between Coats Memorial Church and Paisley Museum & Art Gallery.

I’m not sure when this building was constructed, but by 1896 it is described as being 130 feet long, 50 feet wide and more than a useful ornament! In 1896 plans were in place to replace it with a more commodious hall and office space for the volunteers.

The Commanding Officer was Sir Thomas Glen Coats and the local force consisted of 25 officers, 45 sergeants and 644 rank and file men.

October 2021 Dinner Talk

Following our successful dinner talk at Pendulum in August, we have now organised a follow-up Dinner Talk at Pendulum Scottish Kitchen & Bar for Tuesday 12th October at 6.30pm. The topic of the talk will be on the early linen thread making industry in Scotland, looking at Christian Shaw’s (of Bargarran witch-hunt fame) involvement in the industry and the establishment of the Scottish spinning schools.

Meeting in the private dining are we will enjoy a 2 course meal from the Market Menu (you’re responsible for any extras and drinks) followed by the talk.

All of this for £25 to reserve your place a deposit of £10 is due, with the remainder paid on the night.

Bookings have now closed

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Code: UH-Pendulum-Oct12 Date: Tuesday 12th October 2021 Time 6.30pm. Meeting Point: Private Dinining Room, Pendulum, Gauze St, Paisley.

Cost £25.00 (£10 deposit due on booking – remainder on night. Includes standard 2 course meal from the Market Menu – you’re responsible for any extras and drinks)) By booking a ticket you accept that the Urban Historian cannot provide refunds if you are unable to attend the event as the circumstances are outwith the Urban Historian’s Control. If the event is cancelled by the Urban Historian a refund or opportunity to attend another event will be provided.

Fridays are history days

We have two projects running on Friday’s from the 27th August.

The Glenburn Buddies History Skills Project is teaching a group of local residents how to carryout historical research over a 10 week period on Friday mornings.

The Glenburn Heritage Group drop-in sessions began on the the 20th August and run every Friday afternoon. All are to come along and tell your stories of living in Glenburn

Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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