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Doors Open Day brochure for Paisley Abbey. Includes a short description of the work conducted in 2009 by myself, Bob Will and Stephen Driscoll from the University of Glasgow Archaeology Department and Archaeological Research Division.

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Door 2009 Adult

  1. 1. European Heritage Days RENFREWSHIRE DOORS OPEN DAY 2009 Sat 12th September Paisley, Bishopton, Inchinnan, Renfrew, Erskine Sun 13th September Johnstone, Elderslie, Kilbarchan, Houston, Howwood, Lochwinnoch
  2. 2. PART OF EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS RENFREWSHIRE’S 16TH DOORS OPEN DAY Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day is part of a Europe-wide celebration of our built heritage known as European Heritage Days. Events take place every September in 49 countries, with over 20 million visits recorded annually. Co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust, in 2008 951 “buildings” took part in the programme all over Scotland. For more information on this year’s Doors Open Days see or contact the SCT brochure ordering line on 0141 248 1188. This year’s national theme celebrates Homecoming Scotland 2009, the year long celebration of Scotland, centred on the 250th anniversary of Burns birth, and focused on themes of ancestry, golf, whisky, innovation heritage and culture. Scottish Archaeology Month also forms part of European Heritage Days. For more information see or call 0845 872 3333. We have some very special archaeology in this year’s programme - see below! In this year’s programme Events Ever watched Time Team? See real archaeologists at work near the Collegiate Church, Castle Semple, where the Renfrewshire Local History Forum’s archaeology section will be carrying out a geophysical survey around the church to try to trace any other buildings which might have been part of the complex. They will also be excavating a midden nearby which might be related to the nearby 18th century mansion house. Abbey Drain Dig We hope to be conducting an exciting excavation around the modern manhole which leads into Paisley Abbey’s unique great drain. Funding is not confirmed as we go to press, but, with luck, archaeologists from the University of Glasgow will conduct a 12 day excavation culminating around Doors Open Day which should throw light on the construction history of the drain, may help to date it more precisely, and explain why it is of such an unusual scale. If the excavation takes place, the archaeologists will be on hand on Doors Open Day to talk to visitors, and explain their findings. Local businesses have generously offered to sponsor the event by providing some of the necessary equipment. Renfrewshire Council thanks Acre Industrial, On Site Ltd and Scot Jet Ltd for their valuable assistance. Homecoming Scotland 2009 Renfrewshire Registration Service is offering a half hour taster session in tracing your ancestry. Book early, places in short supply. Tel: 0141 840 3362. Have you Semple ancestors in your family? If so, to celebrate the year of Homecoming, come and raise the Semple family flag at Castle Semple Centre to show a Semple has come home! Just ask at reception and sign the special visitors’ book. See the exhibition at Paisley Central Library which celebrates the connection between Paisley Scotland and Paisley Oregon USA.
  3. 3. 9 3 New this year The final piece in the jigsaw of development and restoration of the Anchor Mills area is now in place (No. 31). The Gatehouse has been refurbished and this iconic little building is now restored as the entry point to the mill complex. Limousine Shuttle J & W Goudie, Funeral Directors of Maxwellton Street have generously offered to provide a limousine service around Paisley for Doors Open Day visitors. The limousines will operate on the route shown on the centre page map, with two cars. Guided Walks • Saturday 12th 2.30 - Oakshaw and its Churches. Starting at 6 Oakshaw Street ( formerly Moran’s Auctioneers). Duncan Macintosh, Renfrewshire Council’s Conservation Officer, will lead an exploration of Oakshaw’s churches in this “outstanding conservation area” including 6 Oakshaw Street former Moran’s auctioneers. This is the last of the public buildings to be regenerated on Oakshaw, a super conversion into maisonettes. Duncan’s long and energetic career as champion of Renfrewshire’s built heritage (and expert adviser to Doors Open Day!) ends with his retirement at the end of September. • Sunday Johnstone History Society Guided Walks 11.00 and 14.00, each walk will start at Johnstone Local History Museum in Morrison’s supermarket building - entrance at Napier Street or through Key to building notes covered walkway at Collier Street. See museum entry no (7) for details. Refreshments • Saturday Formakin Estate - guided walks at 11.00 Toilets and 14.00 booked places only - book by emailing pt@ Music Exhibition Specially for Doors Open Day The Bull Inn, (5) Paisley’s lovely Art Nouveau pub, is Building in Children’s Passport offering 25% discount on food if you take your DOD With Historic Graveyards programme with you on Saturday 12th. Stained Glass Children’s Passport Don’t forget Renfrewshire’s Children’s Passport Unassisted wheelchair access designed to make Door’s Open Day fun for Assisted wheelchair access youngsters. Passports available from buildings, Paisley Tourist Information Centre or the Department of Not suitable for disabled Planning & Transport, tel; 0141 842 5811.
  4. 4. SATURDAY PAISLEY 1 PAISLEy AbbEy AND tHE PLACE Of PAISLEy Abbey Close, Open 10.00 - 16.00 (12th century onwards, transepts, tower and choir 19th & 20th century by Rowand Anderson, Peter Macgregor Chambers, Robert Lorimer). A sumptuous collection of 1 25 stained glass windows by 15 different artists, The Abbey Tower will be open (50p Council’s architects to an Arts Centre in 1987. admission), - marvellous views of the town, The café will be open for teas, coffees, cakes, upper floors of Place of Paisley open. Visit the snacks and lunches. From 10.30 to14.30 nearby Abbey Drain excavation. free mask making drop-in workshop where you and your family can recreate some of 2 PAISLEy tOWN HALL the ancient treasures from Indiana Jones adventures. Abbey Close Open 10.00 - 16.00 5 tHE buLL INN (WH Lynn 1872 - 82) This substantial classical building provides a New Street suite of grand halls and function rooms for the Open 11.00 - 01.00, Sunday 12.30 - 23.45 town. Climb the staircase to view the first floor (W.D. McLennan 1900-01) Loggia and Balcony with views of the Abbey. Rare Art Nouveau pub with dark joinery, Disabled access via Gauze Street entrance. stained glass, cosy snugs around beautiful Guided tours, children’s activities. From 10.30 top lit rear lobby. A ten flat tenement towers - 15.30 experience the excitement and thrills above like an Arthur Rackham fantasy. Bring of CGI as you’re chased “Indiana Jones style” your Doors Open Day programme and get when the Town Hall joins in the archaeology a 25% discount on food on Saturday 12th. theme. 6 SMA’ SHOt COttAGE 3 St MAttHEW’S CHurCH Of tHE NAzArENE 11/17 George Place, 14 Shuttle St Gordon Street Open 10.00 - 16.00 Open 11.00 - 15.00 (Weavers’ & artisans’ houses, 18th & 19th tea room open 11.00 - 14.00 century) Headquarters of the energetic Old (WD McLennan, 1906): The finest work of Paisley Society which has restored these Paisley’s own Art Nouveau architect, the cottages as a museum. Restored Victorian church vies with Mackintosh’s earlier Queen’s interiors typical of Paisley’s historic 19th Cross Church for the title of the most art century development. Costumed guides and nouveau church in Scotland. Majestic Great tours of the complex. Tearoom provides light War memorial window in choir by Robert lunches. (Wheelchair access to lower floors Anning Bell. Leaflet about building and only). congregation. This year the congregation celebrates its centenary. Special children’s 7 PAISLEy MuSEuM & Art GALLErIES programme with puppets and magic, every hour. Organ music throughout the day. High Street Open 10.00 - 17.00 Sat & 4 PAISLEy ArtS CENtrE 14.00 -17.00 Sun (John Honeyman 1868 & 1881); Honeyman Keppie & Mackintosh New Street 1902; T G Abercrombie, 1915) Uplifting Open 10.00 - 16.00 neo Classical palace of the visual arts. (James Baird and John Hart 1736-38) Built by Disabled please ring first to arrange visit the Town Council as the first post reformation and parking (0141 889 3151). There will be church in the town. Converted by the drop-in archaeology workshops where you
  5. 5. SATURDAY PAISLEY can experience first hand the work of an Delightful Victorian vestry with restored archaeologist by taking part in your very stencilling and toilet. Some decorative glass. own simulated dig. There will also be the Tower trips till 15.30, weather permitting. opportunity to take part in textile activities Last admission 15.45. Again this year a flight using ancient technology. simulator provided by the Mission Aviation No disabled access to Art Galleries. Fellowship, a charity which flies missionaries and medical personnel to places commercial 8 PAISLEy CENtrAL LIbrAry airlines cannot land. High Street 10 CENtrAL bAPtISt CHurCH through Open 9.00 - 17.00. museum 14.00 Reference Library 1868 by John 14 Lady Lane Honeyman. Lending and children’s libraries Open 10.00 - 16.00 1904 by Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, Church 1867, gallery added 1891, hall 1965, altered and extended in 1933 by Keppie now newly refurbished. Serving three joined & Henderson. Charles Rennie Mackintosh congregations formed in 1795, this is the designed the lending libraries in 1902. older and simpler of Paisley’s two Baptist Exhibitions will include “The Icebreakers,” churches. Teas. celebrating the cultural link between Paisley, Oregon, and Paisley Scotland. Various activities based on the “Wild West” theme. 11 COAtS ObSErvAtOry 9 tHOMAS COAtS MEMOrIAL bAPtISt CHurCH 49 Oakshaw Street West Open 10.00 - 16.00 Guided tours 10.30, High Street 11.30, 2.30 & 3.30 Open 11.00 - 16.00 (John Honeyman 1883) (Hippolyte G Blanc 1894). The “Baptist For Health & Safety reasons the building is Cathedral of Europe”; a Gothic church of limited to 50 people at a time. A ramp links a great presence and drama, terminating sequence of perfect classical rooms stacked the view along the High Street. Interior of in four storey tower and answering questions serious opulence in excellent preservation about astronomy. Alexander Stoddart’s bust rich in sculptures in oak, bronze and marble. of Newton. Painted glass windows depicting astronomers. Coats Observatory is one of only two of its kind in Scotland, open all year round to the public. 9
  6. 6. SATURDAY PAISLEY 12 PAISLEy PHOtOGrAPHIC SOCIEty glass windows - two by Oscar Paterson c1918, two by Alec Walker, c1909 and 1921, Gordon 53 - 55 Oakshaw Street Webster, 1951, Sadie McLellan, 1973, and ground Open 10.00 - 16.00 floor only John Clark, 1996. Stunning plaster ceiling. Exhibition of members photography, tours of Music. the premises. 13 JOHN NEILSON INStItutION 15 HOLy trINIty & St bArNAbAS CHurCH West Brae St James Place/Moss St. Open 10.00 - 16.00 Open 10.00 - 16.00 (Charles Wilson 1849-52) Wilson’s astonishing 16.00 Choral Evensong. addition to Paisley’s skyline; a fabulous (1833, Choir added 1883). Behind thin distortion of antique classical forms, known “Gothick” facade, discover the richly to locals as the “Porridge Bowl”. Originally decorated choir with stained glass window a school financed by a local grocer, now of Christ in Glory given by Harveys of Castle converted to flats. The central atrium, with Semple, 1883. Contrasting, with startling statue of Diogenes by Alexander Stoddart, colours, the new west window portrays times will be open. of day, the seasons, and places connected to the lives commemorated by Colin Stevenson. 14 OAKSHAW trINIty CHurCH Exhibition of vestments, church needlework and lace making, live organ music. Hot and Oakshaw Street East cold drinks and snacks Open 10.00 - 16.00 (John White 1754, steeple 1770, interior 16 SHErIff COurt HOuSE PAISLEy renovated 1877 by Rennison & Scott) 1899 Hill organ newly restored. Seven notable stained St James Street Open 10.00 - 17.00 14 Clarke & Bell, 1885 & 1890. Baxter Clark & Paul 1997. Enter 1885 palazzo and ascend its grand staircase now extending into 1890 former County Buildings to view panelled County Hall with 40 foot long relief sculpture 15 by John Rhind. Note also bust by James Fillans, frieze behind raised portico outside by FW Pomeroy. Refurbished and greatly extended to rear 1997. Visit to cells, prison van and two courtrooms - sit in the judge’s chair. 17 St JAMES CHurCH Of SCOtLAND Underwood Road Open 10.00 - 16.00 (Hippolyte Blanc 1880, 1904). Muscular Gothic revival, dominated by a tall strong steeple. A landmark but also a building of considerable architectural merit. Almost certainly this church and the accomplished treatment of the cruciform plan interior helped to win Blanc the commission for the Coats Memorial Church. Stained glass throughout the church, most by A. Ballantine & Gardiner. Handbells - try your hand.
  7. 7. 18 WALLNEuK NOrtH CHurCH 20 MArtyrS’ CHurCH Abercorn Street Broomlands Street Open 10.00 - 12.00 Open 10.00 - 15.00 (T G Abercrombie 1913-15) Hailed as the (1847) Sturdy neo-Norman front and tower triumph of stylish Paisley architect Thomas and interior changes by T G Abercrombie, Graham Abercrombie, this perpendicular 1904. Organ music at intervals during the day. Gothic creation is one of the most powerful Light refreshments. compositions to be found in Paisley. Special Exhibition“ A Year In the Life of Wallneuk 21 tANNAHILL’S COttAGE Church”. Please note the church has a wedding on Saturday afternoon, so is open for Queen Street Doors Open Day morning only. Open 11.00 - 15.30 Especially important in this year of 19 AbErCOrN CONfErENCE & LEArNING CENtrE Homecoming and Burns 250th anniversary. The cottage was built 1775 by the father of Reid Kerr College Paisley poet Robert Tannahill who lived here Renfrew Road most of his life (1774-1810). Home of the Open 10.00 - 16.00 Paisley Burns Club, one of the two oldest (John Hutchison, 1902) This historic building Burns clubs in the world. Reopened after is in “board school” style with Art Nouveau fire in 2003 with new display of Burns and features. It now forms part of an expanding Tannahill memorabilia. Reid Kerr College campus and was in 2001 internally renovated and refurbished to 22 PAISLEy MASONIC tEMPLE provide a state of the art Conference & Limited to Training Centre. Many of the original features 68 Maxwellton Road ground floor externally and internally have been retained Open 11.00 - 16.00 and add to the character of this historic (Probably by Woodhouse and Morely of building. Exhibition of Reid Kerr Students’ Bradford, 1886). Built as the managers’ and Work. staff dining hall for the Ferguslie Thread Works, see fine stained glass stair window. Bought by the Masons of Paisley 1956/57. All five Paisley Lodges now meet here. Exhibition of masonic regalia, including Art Nouveau furniture by WD McLennan for Lodge 370 of
  8. 8. SATURDAY PAISLEY which he was a member. Fund raising events for a nominated charity. 23 CAStLEHEAD PArISH CHurCH Canal Street/Main Road 26 Open 12.00 - 16.00 (1781-82, refurbished 1868) Originally the West Relief Church, this tall, substantial hall Customer Services Centre, Marriage Suite and kirk sits within the wooded graveyard which Council Chamber. Its focal point is the new contains the poet Tannahill’s tomb (1810) Chamber which is suspended over the public and those of several victims of the 1832 service desks and is elliptical to embody the cholera epidemic. Display of old church principles of equality and inclusive debate in artefacts, conducted tours of the graveyard local democracy. Provost Lawson will welcome and Tannahill memorial. Disabled access to visitors to the Chamber. graveyard difficult. Light refreshments 27 rENfrEWSHIrE HOuSE - rEGIStrAtION SErvICE 24 St MAry’S rC CHurCH Interested in tracing your ancestry 167 George Street during this Year of Homecoming? Open 10.30 - 14.00 Renfrewshire’s registrars will be available to Pugin and Pugin 1891, apse added 1905) help you search. Book early for a half hour Decorated Gothic in red sandstone. Post war taster session guided by a registrar, telephone stained glass above choir, and in the apse, the registration section on 0141 840 3362 members of the congregation (teachers, before Doors Open Day. Sessions run from cleaner, etc) under Our Lady’s mantle (?1968). 10.00 finishing at 14.00 in the Customer Whole church completely restored, including Services Centre, so available places will be in the Watt organ. short supply. 25 St MIrIN’S rC CAtHEDrAL 28 DIStrICt COurt Incle Street/Glasgow Road Mill Street Open 08.00 - 16.00 Open 10.00 - 13.00 (Thomas Baird 1930-32) Neo Romanesque (1969-1973 Hutchison Locke and Monke) The with airy vaulted interior. Embellished after most homely part of the huge public buildings becoming a cathedral in 1940s, including complex, itself one of the better examples high in the sanctuary, four colourful tripartite of 1960’s brutalism. Guide on hand to show windows depicting the Eucharistic miracles. visitors around the building including the cells. Also in vestibule see window of Jesus with Children at site of font by Charles Baillie, 29 ANCHOr MILLS WESt GAtEHOuSE 1932. Masses at 10.00,13.00 and 18.30. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30 - Seedhill/Mill St 13.00. Open 10.00 - 16.00 (1909, Woodhouse & Morley of Bradford) 26 rENfrEWSHIrE HOuSE This diminutive building mimics the huge Anchor Mill built 13 years before, and served Cotton Street to control gates on both flanks and as the (additions Cooper Cromer, 2007) mill’s own telephone exchange. Empty and Customer Services Centre open 10.00 - 16.00 abused since 1984, the Council managed Chamber open 10.00 - 13.00 on a second attempt in 2007 to impose a Renfrewshire House is Renfrewshire Council’s compulsory purchase order, resulting in its Headquarters building which in addition to its acquisition by Marcus Dean who has converted refurbished open plan offices features a new it to let as offices. This restoration completes the regeneration of the Anchor Mills area.
  9. 9. SATURDAY PAISLEY 33 LIvING WAtEr CHrIStIAN CENtrE Stock Street Open 10.00 - 16.00 (built 1885 as U.F. church, now with a new 26 congregation) Two windows, Mary and Martha, possibly by Stephen Adam (1846/48 - 1910) whose only other surviving work in 30 PAISLEy tHrEADMILL MuSEuM- MILE END MILL Paisley is a pair of windows in the Abbey. Seedhill Road 34 LyLESLAND CHurCH Of SCOtLAND Open 10.00 - 16.00 (1899, W J Morley of Bradford for J & P 123 Rowan Street, Paisley Coats) A listed. Six tall floors high in red brick, Open 11.00 - 15.00 18 bays long, with stair towers topped with Greenock & Will, 1983 (halls 1955) landmark copper roofed lanterns. The building Bright, spacious church with fine acoustics to now functions as a business centre. An area of appreciate the highly reputed direct-action the ground floor has been provided rent free pipe organ (1983) by Nigel Church with for the development of a museum devoted Cedar of Lebanon casework. Particularly to the thread industry of Paisley, run by well suited to the Baroque repertoire. Pulpit volunteers. Exhibitions of mill memorabilia, (1880s) and Italian white marble font (1925) including a large collection of photographs of brought from the congregation’s original former employees. church in Stock Street. Special exhibition on the 125th anniversary of the founding of the 31 ANCHOr MILL congregation. Lonend 35 SCOtSCrAIG Open 10.00 - 16.00 (1886, Woodhouse and Morley, of Bradford) 18 Park Road, Largest of the 40 Clark mill buildings on the Open 10.00 - 16.30 Anchor Mills site, the Domestic Finishing Mill (John Hutchison) Substantial villa of many stands in an imposing location on the White gables and bay windows overlooking terraced Cart by the Hammills waterfall and forms gardens. Built for industrialist John Scott of the third of the trio of iconic buildings in this Eadie Brothers Ltd, now a 5 star b&b. part of the town, the others being the Abbey and the Town Hall. The huge atrium space formerly housed the engines from which drive 13 was taken to equipment on each of the four floors. Slide presentation, art for sale. Marie Hay local artist will be showing her work. 32 MILL brIDGE The iconic footbridge across the White Cart, built around 1880 is a fine example of a bow string trussed footbridge with wrought iron railings. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council Department of Planning and Transport, Morrison’s PLC and Historic Scotland contributed £590,000 to its restoration by Heritage Engineering.
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  11. 11. SATURDAY PAISLEY KIN 19 G W ST EL L ST 20 TO HIG HS T Woodside CASTLE ST Cemetery T ND SS 21 MAXWELLTON S LA 26 QUEEN ST M OO BR GEORGE STREET 24 23 LIE US T G FER LLTON ROAD WE 18 22 M AX Abercorn INSET MAP 1 Bridge © Crown copyright. All rights reserved Renfrewshire Council O.S. licence LA09044L 2009. 25 To Maxwellton To Paisley T Street Cross ES YSID USE CA CR AW RD S. CAMPBELL ST E 33 LSID NEILSTON RD CA STOCK ST D 34 RR 28 A RO WA EB 2 YR D NS T RS EL O 1 C ST AN FALSIDE RD LOCHFIELD RD STANELY AV PARK RD E 27 LY CR E S 35 E S TA N 26 RD R FE IF CAPLE EN Abbey GL Bridge HI T LL R D INSET MAP 2 © Crown copyright. All rights reserved Un de rp Renfrewshire Council O.S. licence LA09044L 2009. as s See d hi ll 30 3 Hotel MILL STRE AM CRT 29 AN C H O TR E R MIL L B US INESS C EN 31 Super ET market BENN A VE ST RE EL ST C D U EA SA R Mill TH RAEBURN AVE 33 33 34 S C RE Bridge EL UC EE INSET 2 SA 32
  12. 12. SATURDAY BISHOPTON ERSKINE INCHINNAN 36 fOrMAKIN EStAtE Off B789, Houston Road, wedding fair during the day. Nr. Bishopton. Refreshments at the Garden (Robert Lorimer, 1903-14) Guided tours only Centre cafe. 11.00 and 14.00. To book (limited to 20 each tour) please email 39 INDIA Of INCHINNAN Leaflets and display of historic photographs. Meet in the car park prior to tours. Not 37 suitable for other than able bodied. Wear Greenock Road (A8) stout footwear. Open 10.00 - 17.00 Guided tours (Wallis, Gilbert & Ptnrs 1929-30, rear block by Gordon 37 GLEDStANE PArK, tHE GOvAN CHAIrMAN Gibb, 2001) Art Deco office block to former tyre factory, wings added 1956, restored Gledstane Road, Bishopton. and new futuristic block added for Graham 10.00 - 16.00 Technology plc. Café and Restaurant open. 1893. Square Scottish villa with granite causs facing and honey stone mullions. Home of 40 INCHINNAN PArISH CHurCH John McLaughlin, the GOVAN CHAIR MAN. See John’s fascinating collection of quirky Old Greenock Road hand carved chairs. A unique miniature chair Open 10.00 - 16.00 will be the prize for the children’s activities. (Miller and Black, 1966) A veritable gallery of fine art salvaged from All Hallows’ Church 38 ErSKINE HOME - rEID MACEWAN trAINING (1899-1904), mostly given by the Campbells & CONfErENCE CENtrE of Blythswood. Great sanctuary window by Charles Kemp; five fine windows by another Reid MacEwen Training & hand with unusual use of perpective; Rose Conference Centre, window of angels in glorious rainbow hues Open 10.00 - 16.00 around mystic symbols of God. See also Erskine Home, off B815 at J1 of M898, window in session house. Exhibition about Send off Erskine Bridge. (1856, Wiliam Burn) the church and local history. Tours to All Heritage Lottery and Historic Scotland funded Hallows Graveyard, site of the former church stable block, built in Tudor Gothic style in demolished to make way for the Airport in 1856 by William Burn to serve Erskine House. 1965. Impeccably restored and adapted to its current function as a training and conference centre by Mike and Sue Thornley. Also of interest is the contemporary octagonal Pigsty. Specially for Doors Open Day, there will be a 39 36
  13. 13. SATURDAY RENFREW rENfrEW OLD PArISH CHurCH Of 45 CLyDEbuILt 41 SCOtLAND AND HALLS No Braehead Shopping Centre disabled High Street Renfrew, toilet. Kings Inch Road Halls - Glebe Street Open 10.00 - 17.30 Open 10.00 - 13.00 Clydebuilt tells the story of trade, ships and (John Rochead 1862) Lancet Gothic with ship building on the Clyde. Special exhibition beautiful broach spire. Chancel altered 1908 “The Clyde’s Navy” - Discover the history of by P. MacGregor Chalmers. Inside two late the Navy on the Clyde in an interactive audio medieval tombs. 19th early & late 20th visual exhibition. Free entry for Doors Open Century stained glass. Large selection of Day. Look 19th, early 20th and late 20th Century stained out for Zap Cat racing on the river. glass windows, including one ‘By the River of Babylon’, by Alexander Walker, 1896? Displays 42 by all church organisations in hall, Glebe Street. Refreshments and home baking. 42 rENfrEW tOWN HALL Hairst Street/High Street Renfrew Open 10.00 - 16.00 (James Lamb, 1871-73, rebuilt 1877 without mansard roof) Mixed French Gothic with sky piercing turretted tower and lofty halls within. 43 trINIty CHurCH 13 Paisley Road Open 10.00 - 14.00 (built 1865, radical alteration and enlargement 1903-4 by William D McLennan) Quaint Gothic church with spired belfry. Double transepts and new roof structure integrated with McLennan’s characteristic idiosyncracy, this is his earliest church architecture. (See also Eastgate Church and St Matthews Church of the Nazarene). Note carved winged animals on belfry, austere, Art Nouveau stained glass in vestibule doors and unique roof trusses. 44 rENfrEW COMMuNIty MuSEuM 41 Canal Street Open 10.00 - 16.00 Early French Renaissance with Art Nouveau cupola, gift from Andrew Brown, three times Provost of Renfrew. Left of entry was library, now local history museum; right was a shop and upstairs, a reading room and panelled billiard room with great oriel window, (under restoration).
  14. 14. SUNDAY JOHNSTONE ELDERSLIE Johnstone Guided Walks of the town’s history opened in April this year. The museum contains archival material Led by Derek Parker, the walks will investigate from two of the town’s best known firms - various aspects of Johnstone’s history. Each walk Wm. Paton Ltd and Clifton and Baird as well will take about one and a half hours. Please wear as other valuable material relating to other stout footwear, and be prepared for the weather! aspects of the town’s heritage. The Café in the supermarket is open all day. 11.00 - 12.30 approx - Historic Streets Why did the Laird of Johnstone keep it in the 49 JOHNStONE CAStLE family when he named the streets of the town? To put it another way, who were the McDowalls, Houstons Walkinshaws and Rankins? Who were Tower Road, Johnstone Anne, Russell, William and Napier who had Open 10.30 - 16.00 streets named after them? (late 15th/early 16th C, altered 1771, N tower altered & raised 1812) 14.00 - 15.30 approx - Historic graveyard walk Seat of the lairds of Johnstone from 1733, This walk will explore the amazing link between hugely extended in 1812, here Frederick Houston Square in the town centre the city of Chopin was a bored guest in 1848. After use Houston in Texas and uncle Sam the archetypal as HQ of a prisoner of war camp, it was shorn American. Then on to the cemetery of Johnstone of the castellated wings in 1956, and left High Parish Church where Derek will reveal empty. New owners are now bravely restoring many fascinating facts about people of note who this much knocked about tower house to be helped make Johnstone a town to be proud of. their home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 46 JOHNStONE HIGH PArISH CHurCH 50 ELDErSLIE KIrK Quarry Street, Johnstone Open 10.00 - 16.00, service 11.00 - 12.00 284 Main Road, Elderslie (1792) On the axis of Church Street, elongated Open 13.00 -16.00 octagon with octagonal tower and needle (1840, 1885-86) Sturdy grey stone Gothic spire added 1823. William Lang of Paisley. kirk with belfried gable front. Set of four Session house 1824. Thoroughly Scots kirk stained glass windows ‘God’s Gifts to the interior remodelled by David Thomson 1875. Universe’ by Leslie McPhee, 1990, installed Stained glass windows by Sadie McLennan to mark the church’s 150th anniversary. Flowing abstract forms, with blues and whites. 47 St JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHurCH, Refurbished in the 1950s, the church has light coloured African hardwood pews which Floors Street, Johnstone give a brightness to the sanctuary. Organ Open 12.00 - 16.00 music during the afternoon. refreshments and (David Thomson, 1874 and 1878) Simple early children’s activities. pointed Gothic exterior, interior rich with colourful mosaic reredos and fine stained 51 EASt GAtE CHurCH glass. Vestments on display. 5 Glenpatrick Road, Elderslie 48 JOHNStONE HIStOry MuSEuM (formerly East Elderslie Parish Church) Open 13.00 - 16.00 (service 10.45 - 12.15) 30 Napier Street (WD McLennan 1898-1900) (within Morrison’s Supermarket) Johnstone The earliest of this idiosyncratic Paisley entrance at Napier Street or through covered architect’s three red sandstone churches, walkway at Collier Street Decorated Gothic with hint of Art Nouveau. Open 10.00 - 16.00 Closed in 1977 and restored and reopened in Established and run by the Johnstone History 2001. Dramatic new stained glass window, ‘The Society, funded by Heritage Lottery and Two Edged Sword’ (Hebrews 4:12) by Emma hosted by Morrison’s Ltd, this new museum Butler-Cole Aiken, AMGP. Activities for children.
  15. 15. SUNDAY HOUSTON KILBARCHAN 52 HOuStON AND KILLELLAN KIrK Kirk Road, Houston Open 10.00 - 16.00 (Service 11.00 - 12.00) (David Thomson, 1875) on site of older kirk. Effigies of Sir Patrick Houston and Lady Agnes Campbell 1456. Stained glass windows include from 1920s by Gordon Webster, Douglas Strachan, and 1950s by William Wilson. Book on church’s history on sale. Pulpit falls designed and sewn by church members on display. Activities for 56 KILbArCHAN WESt PArISH CHurCH children. Refreshments and home baking. No wheelchair accessible toilet. Church Street, Kilbarchan Open 12.00 - 16.00 53 OLD KILALLAN PArISH CHurCH (Wiliam H Howie, 1899-1901) Spacious Gothic interior. A chance to hear the second Corsliehill Road, nr. Kilallan Road, best organ in the west of Scotland, and see 2 miles west of Houston six glass windows by various artists, four Guided Tour (ask at Houston & Kilellan Parish Edwardian and one by (?) James Wright Church). Remote ruin of 1635 church with (d 1947). Historical exhibition. Refreshments early gravestones. and home baking in the hall. 54 StEEPLE HALL 57 KILbArCHAN WESt CHurCH HALL Steeple Square, Kilbarchan Church Street, Open 10.00 - 16.00 Kilbarchan (David Kerr 1755, rebuilt 1782) Designed Open 12.00 - 16.00 as both meal market and school. The 1932 (James Baird 1724) Enlarged to T plan with bronze copy of 1822 wooden statue by tower in 1858 by Alexander Kirkland. Two of Archibald Robertson of Greenock of the three galleries removed and floor raised after village’s legendary piper Habbie Simpson 1901. Six crow stepped gables. Fine stained stands in a niche on the tower. glass - Munich. Door panels by John Cairney, 1850s. Cairney taught Cottier. Refreshments 55 KILbArCHAN OLD LIbrAry and home baking High Barholm 58 KILbArCHAN EASt CHurCH Open 10.00 - 16.00 Red sandstone former Liberal Club, then library, now restored by Kilbarchan Steeple Square, Improvement Projects (KIPCo) as a vibrant Kilbarchan community centre. Photographic exhibitions Open 12.00 - 16.00 of old Kilbarchan, with interactive computer (James Brown, 1787-89, based programme of photographs, identifying on 1781 Castlehead Church people in 1930s groups. Weather permitting, Paisley, interior altered 1872-3 visit the garden landscaped by Carts by Robert Baldie) Two stained Greenspace, with funding from a range glass windows, 1902, marking of community environmental bodies. 60 year ministry of Rev Refreshments. George Alison. Organ recital. 54
  16. 16. SUNDAY HOWOOD LOCHWINNOCH 59 HOWWOOD PArISH CHurCH Tower Tours: visit the top of the Castle Semple Visitor Centre Tower and admire the views Beith Road over Castle Semple Loch; tours on demand Open 13.00 - 14.00 between 14.00 and 16.00. Special “now and Nave 1858, choir and trancepts1880s, hall then” exhibition. As part of the Homecoming 1911 and 1996. Modest Gothic church but Scotland 2009 programme, if you’re a Semple, with splendid stained glass, memorialising “come and raise the flag” to show a Semple the laird and the mill owners. The two west has come home. side windows, 1858, gifted by the Harveys Exhibition on Castle Semple Estate, its history, of Castle Semple, the main window for ‘a heritage and changing landscapes on show all delightful daughter’ who died in 1871, bears weekend. her initials and perhaps her portrait among the children coming to Christ, recently restored. The windows to east, 1880s by W Archaeology - Sunday only & JJ Kerr of Glasgow, to north and south, At the Collegiate Church 1.5 miles from 1900’s by James Benson, commemorate three the Centre along NCR7, Renfrewshire Local generations of McNabs. History Forum’s archaeologists will be carrying out geophysical surveys and digging a midden 60 LOCHWINNOCH PArISH CHurCH nearby, probably related to the 18th century mansion house. The Forum will be displaying Lochwinnoch Parish Church, information about Renfrewshire’s castles at Church St, Lochwinnoch the Centre, and launching a new publication Open 13.00 - 16.00 about the Castle Semple area. (Andrew of Kilbarchan 1806-08) Elongated octagonal plan behind high Doric 62 St JOHN’S CHurCH porch below classical belfry, clock and spire. Interior little altered. Stained glass here and in Johnshill Lochwinnoch Gothic church hall behind (1901). Open access (1729) Remnant of cross-planned church with 61 CAStLE SEMPLE CENtrE birdcage belcote in graveyard at centre of Access to the Auld Kirtoun - the original Lochwinnoch. ground Lochlip Road Lochwinnoch floor Affectionately known as Auld Simon. Tel: 01505 842 882 Open Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th, 10.00 - 17.00
  17. 17. OAKSHAW’S RENAISSANCE As Paisley grew in the 18th and 19th centuries to be Scotland’s largest town, Oakshaw hill was the favoured site for the churches and schools serving the teaming town below. This left us a rich architectural legacy of no less than eight churches, three separate church halls and two school buildings. Together with the dome of the Observatory (11), their towers and spires rise from well wooded villa 13 gardens and graveyards. This impressive urban landscape proclaims the pride of Paisley for miles around. In the post war era, however, most of these public buildings became redundant and one by one were left empty. Oakshaw became run down. The District and Regional Councils set about regenerating the area in 1987 by restoring the streetscape and aiding conversions of listed buildings and development of gap sites with houses. Since then 11 churches, halls and schools have been restored and given new leases of life. The 13 conversion of the former Moran’s Auction Moran’s Auction Rooms before Rooms marks the end of a process which was begun in 1992 at the other end of the hill with the rebirth of the JNI school (13) as 13 maisonettes. The number of dwellings has been increased by 350 per cent, two thirds of the new flats formed in converted listed buildings. About half the £3.3m public expenditure up to 2001 went into streetscape works, and a quarter each to the conversion of listed buildings and as grants to householders. This huge effort re-established Oakshaw as a desirable area, so that more recent conversions such as that of Moran’s have not depended on grants. The Council sees the town’s wonderful townscape after as one of the chief assets for its regeneration. It has renewed the old floodlighting schemes of the Abbey (1), Town Hall (2), Arts Centre (4), Museum (7), St Matthews (3), Coats (9) and High (14) churches and the JNI (13), and added to these the new night time illumination of the Anchor Mill (32).
  18. 18. PAISLEY ABBEY’S GREAT DRAIN This year, it is hoped that as part of Doors Open Day and Scottish Archaeology Month, archaeologists from the University of Glasgow will be conducting an investigation around the modern manhole which is the present access to the Drain. Paisley Abbey's drain is almost unique in Britain, being in parts some1.5 to 2 metres in height, beautifully built of dressed ashlar blocks. The drain was rediscovered Other finds included inscribed slates, buckles, in 1990 when archaeologists from the lead seals, gaming pieces, and remains of GUARD (Glasgow University Archaeological more than one hundred and forty plants. Research Division) were directed to the Amongst these are food plants such as barley, modern manhole by Frank Snow, of the then wheat, onions, kale, imports such as mace Strathclyde Sewage Department. The drain and figs, and medicinal plants such as opium was excavated of 2 feet (60 cm) of silt which poppies, greater celandine and hemlock. contained some amazing finds. The excavation's purpose is two-fold. Fragments of pottery from several hundred First to provide information about the vessels were recovered, along with a complete construction of the drain, and, it is hoped, chamber pot (on display in Paisley Abbey help date the structure and reveal any earlier sacristy). Work has been carried out this form of drain on the site. summer by Sabrina Gillman a post graduate student at Glasgow Uni, to catalogue and Second, to establish whether there is any study this pottery. She has been assisted valuable archaeology here which might by many volunteers from Renfrewshire Local preclude use of the area for any future History Forum and Glasgow Archaeology permanent viewing facility. Society. The archaeologists will be on site during Doors Open Day to explain their findings, and there will be an exhibition in Paisley Abbey providing more information about the drain. Renfrewshire Council is very grateful to the University of Glasgow’s Archaeology Department, particularly Professor Steven Driscoll, Robert Will and Sabrina Gillman for their expertise and enthusiasm; the University of the West of Scotland, particularly Tony Grace of the School of Media, Language and Music for recording the dig and helping make it more widely known; Renfrewshire Local History Forum, particularly Andrew Eadie and Bruce Hendry for their unfailing support and enthusiasm; Frank Snow - the man who knew where the Drain was when the archaeologists couldn’t find it and who has kept his sense of excitement and ownership for nearly twenty years; and On Site Ltd, Acre Industrial and Scot Jet Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the dig.