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Report - Paton's Mill, Johnstone 10/07/09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Rookinella, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Visited with Speed, Urban Fox, Well Wasp and Rigsby.

    Another one from last summer rescued from the infinitely large SD card.

    We rocked up here mid-morning after a trip to Tesco to buy some Lego whic we built en route. It was the first of two mills that we had planned for the day, the latter being Inverkeithing. Paton's had shoelaces lying around everywhere along with lots of other odd paraphernalia that goes with somewhere that has possibly been used as a fly-tipping site since its closure.

    Here's a bit of info:

    The historic Paton’s Mill is an A-listed building. The six-storey mill, with its white facade, is currently empty, but there have been suggestions on it being converted into a industrial museum or 79 flats. The Old Mill section of the huge factory dates back to 1782 and is thought to be the first machine factory in the world, and it’s original lathe is still in place. The mill in High Street was opened originally as a cotton-spinning factory but was later used for lace manufacture.
    Built by the Corse and Burns Company, it predates by four years the New Lanark cotton-mill which was founded by David Dale, the Stewarton-born industrialist who was apprenticed to a weaver in Paisley. Paton's took over the mill in 1896 when their first factory in Clark Street was destroyed by fire.

    And here's the photos:



















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