Nostalgia …

Steep climb to the top ...

Steep climb to the top …

My favourite building in Paisley is the High KIrk/Church, or is it Oakshaw Trinity?  Not because I’m religious, but because at the time it was built it had the largest un-suspended ceiling in the whole of Europe, Innovative.

It was funded and constructed by the people of Paisley in the 18th century, not by Government, Community Spirit.

Later, construction of the clock tower (host to a unique black-faced clock, with gold roman numerals) tells the tragic tale of three deaths, Health and safety.

The cobble-stones at the base are a monument to those who lost their lives during its creation, Respect.

More like slate-stones than cobble-stones ...

More like slate-stones than cobble-stones …

The Broadsheets of the time documented rivalry between the High Kirk and the Steeple of Glasgow, Competitive Humour.

The story of Wee Leech reflecting the rise and fall of Paisley is set on the tower, which is soaked in the rich smoggy history of the Mill years, Predictive History.

Lastly, the bell tongue itself had a habit of falling out and hitting sinners on their way to worship, which is hilarious.

Not all buildings have such a flourish of interesting character traits applicable to the average person.

Situated at the highest point of the oldest part of Paisley (the High Street, across from New Street) and still used for regular worship today, it has certainly stood the test of time and looks to continue to provide inspiration for many years to come.

View from the High Street, still steep ...

View from the High Street, still steep …

I forgot to mention that it has a beautiful stained glass window too, but that was made by someone in Glasgow in the 20th century and didn’t go with the theme.  It does have to be mentioned though …

Isn’t it gorgeous! Click on image to see more about John K Clark.

For a start to the Facts:

http://www.historicalpaisley.com/high-church-oakshaw-trinity/

Curious Letter, High Kirk

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