Dating paisley shawls
Royal Doulton Paisley Shawl Figurine Collectibles Retired Royal Doulton was an English company producing tableware and collectables, dating from 1815.
Operating originally in London, its reputation grew in The Potteries, where it was a latecomer compared to Royal Crown Derby.
Paisley’s Great Medieval Drain is a vaulted 90m subterranean structure dating from the medieval period, discovered in the early 1990s during an archaeological dig.
The archaeological investigations unearthed a wealth of objects.
Paisley was the location for the landmark ‘snail in the bottle’ legal decision.
A lady, Mrs Donoghue, visited a Paisley cafe and was served a bottle of ginger beer found to contain a dead snail.
The town was one of the centres of the 1820 Radical War, where workers took to the streets demanding electoral reform and were brutally suppressed.
They include the world’s largest collection of Paisley Pattern shawls, artwork from the world-renowned Glasgow Boys, one of Scotland’s best collections of studio ceramics, and a unique offering of mediaeval manuscripts dating back to before the Reformation.2.
It is the oldest public observatory in Scotland and still hosts twice-weekly winter viewing nights, allowing visitors to look to the stars.11.
In 1922, the town’s football side St Mirren were invited to a tournament to mark the opening of Barcelona’s new stadium Les Corts.
At the entrance to the University of the West of Scotland stands a sculpture of John Witherspoon, created by Paisley artist Sandy Stoddart, Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland.
Witherspoon spent ten years as a minister in Paisley before emigrating to the USA, where he was principal of what became Princeton University, and a signatory to the Declaration of Independence.6.