Thomas Coats Memorial Church

[Thomas Coats Memorial Church]

Paisley is brimming over with grand old buildings. One of the most impressive is Thomas Coats Memorial Church, a monumental red sandstone hulk towering over the western end of the High Street. Paisley seems an unusual location for what is the largest Baptist church anywhere in Europe, but then again the town has an unusual industrial history peppered with a few rich individuals. The building's scale and elaborate interior can be attributed to the local, immensely wealthy Coats family who commissioned the church in 1885 following the death of family member Thomas Coats, a Baptist and philanthropist who made his fortune in the thread industry. Unfortunately, the cathedral-like proportions are massively excessive for a town like Paisley, and generates costs which must be almost impossible to sustain through a small congregation and visitor donations today. Services ceased in 2018 and permanent closure looms unless funds for redevelopment can be secured. Time for the next wealthy philanthropist to step forward...

[Inside the church]

📌 Thomas Coats Memorial Church ★★☆☆
Location: High Street, 5-min walk west of Paisley centre, G.R.: NS 478639 ///sings.fine.itself
Open (2018): Friday afternoons, May to September
Cost: Free

[Marble baptistry]


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