Renfrewshire Area Guide


Paisley is the county town of Renfrewshire and is situated on the White Cart Water which is a tributary of the River Clyde.  At one time there were five shipyards in the town, all of which had closed by the late 1960s.  Famous for its Abbey which dates from the 12th century and its weaving industry which gave birth to the Paisley Pattern which is still popular and is still recognised throughout the world today.  

Housing in Paisley is diverse and reflects the industrial past of the town with mill conversions and Victorian villas previously owned by the town’s industrialists.  There are also residential housing estates and flats dating from the postwar expansion of the town.