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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.

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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

Discover Paisley!

We have just published our Heritage Walks for August to early October 2021. Under the general theme of Discover Paisley, we have a mix of old and new heritage walking tours running every Saturday, other than the 4th September when we will be running a Doors Open Day event at Paisley St George’s Outreach Centre in Glenburn.

Our scheduled walks include: Seedhill & Anchor Mills, The Threads of Paisley, Early Paisley, Woodside & a new Paisley Mystery Tour. The mystery tour will run several times over the next few months and it can also be booked as a bespoke tour by contacting us if you are visiting Paisley at a time when it is not scheduled.

See our Event Calendar for full information on each event.

Woodside Heritage Walking Tour Sat 25 Sept 1.30pm

Explore the history and heritage of Woodside in Paisley, from a medieval estate, to the Victorian Mansion House and the later Woodside Cemetery formed on the grounds of Woodside & Ferguslie Houses. During the walk we will explore Woodside cemetery which does not have even pathways and is on a fairly steep hill. The wqlk is not suitable for normal wheelchair users, or those not very steady on their feet.

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Code: UH-HW21 Date: Saturday 25th September 2021 Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Gates to Woodside Cemetery.

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.

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Paisley – Mystery Heritage Tour Saturday 18th September 1.30pm

This new mystery heritage walking tour is set to introduce you to Paisley as you have never seen it before, We will meet at the Cenotaph at the corner of Moss Street/ High Street and explore the the town talking about old street names, disease, radicalism and much more. This tour is not to be missed if you are visiting Paisley for the first time, or want to explore your own town and see it in a new light.

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Code: UH-HW28 Date: Saturday 18th September 2021 Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Cenotaph, Moss St/ High St, 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.

Early Paisley Heritage Walking Tour – Sat 11 Sept 1.30pm

Paisley’s history mainly dates from 1163 onwards when Paisley Abbey was formed, putting the town on the map. but what evidence for earlier settlement can we see in the town? This walk will take us from the landscape of the medieval Abbey, over hills and back to the low lying areas of the town exploring the myths of early settlements in the area.

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Code: UH-HW29 Date: Saturday 11th September 2021 Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: West Front of Paisley Abbey, Abbey Close.

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.

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Paisley – Mystery Heritage Tour Sunday 5th September 1.30pm

This new mystery heritage walking tour is set to introduce you to Paisley as you have never seen it before, We will meet at the Cenotaph at the corner of Moss Street/ High Street and explore the the town talking about old street names, disease, radicalism and much more. This tour is not to be missed if you are visiting Paisley for the first time, or want to explore your own town and see it in a new light.

Booking has now osed. The next version of this walk is Saturday 18th September

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Code: UH-HW28 Date: Sunday 5th September 2021 Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Cenotaph, Moss St/ High St, 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.

The Threads of Paisley Heritage Tour – 28 August

Join us on our tour exploring the textile heritage of Paisley, from weaving to line, silk and cotton thread making. This tour starts at Sma’ Shot Cottages on Sma’ Shot Lane (not on Shuttle Street). We then head through the town finishing close to the Anchor Cotton Thread works of Clark & Co, who later merged with J & P Coats creating the worlds largest cotton thread manufacting company in the world at the time.

The walk will cover industries connected to textiles including dying, Calender works, scouring works and Dye Wood Mills.

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Code: UH-HW13  Date: Saturday 28 August 2021 Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Sma’ Shot Cottages, Sma’ Shot Lane, 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.

Paisley – Mystery Heritage Tour Sat 21 Aug 1.30pm

This new mystery heritage walking tour is set to introduce you to Paisley as you have never seen it before, We will meet at the Cenotaph at the corner of Moss Street/ High Street and explore the the town talking about old street names, disease, radicalism and much more. This tour is not to be missed if you are visiting Paisley for the first time, or want to explore your own town and see it in a new light.

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Code: UH-HW28  Date: Saturday 21 August 2021 Time 1.30pm. Meeting Point: Cenotaph, Moss St/ High St, 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.

Theme: Elation by Kaira.
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