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So good I posted it twice, stanley castle methinks its caloled, it's in what was once the Stanley reservoir, lived opposite it for years but never did get the history of exactly what / when or why it's there?   Any clever buddys who can elucidate me please.

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This is great thanks.
Often wondered about the castle that I used to look upon when I shouldve been paying more attention to maths and French teachers. During a warm summer (85?) one of the more adventurous pupils, or nutters as they were known, was said to have walked out to the castle as there was no water at that side of the dam.
He was unable to confirm if the 'secret passage' leading to Paisley Abbey was located during his expedition.

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3 hours ago, jaybee said:

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So good I posted it twice, stanley castle methinks its caloled, it's in what was once the Stanley reservoir, lived opposite it for years but never did get the history of exactly what / when or why it's there?   Any clever buddys who can elucidate me please.

Well ... for a start it’s spelled Stanely...

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56 minutes ago, Buddymarvellous said:
4 hours ago, jaybee said:

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So good I posted it twice, stanley castle methinks its caloled, it's in what was once the Stanley reservoir, lived opposite it for years but never did get the history of exactly what / when or why it's there?   Any clever buddys who can elucidate me please.

Well ... for a start it’s spelled Stanely...

Thanks for that, highly illuminating.B)

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Sorry Jaybee - the pedant in me won as I’m always correcting folk that refer to Stanley Green instead of the good Paisley pronounciation of Stanely.

On another  note I’m sure as wee boys me and my pals got into the castle one summer that the ressy was low. Not sure if my memory is playing tricks on me though...

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Coats' Amateurs. Played against them in the 1950s. The changing rooms were in the former stables.


Coats that’s right.....don’t know where I got West from !! An age thing although pitch was at the west gate of mill.

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On ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 8:25 PM, jaybee said:

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So good I posted it twice, stanley castle methinks its caloled, it's in what was once the Stanley reservoir, lived opposite it for years but never did get the history of exactly what / when or why it's there?   Any clever buddys who can elucidate me please.

Stanely Castle is located in the waters of Stanely Reservoir, to the south of Paisley, Scotland, at the foot of the Gleniffer Braes. It was probably built in the early 15th century, on an island within a marsh.[1] The castle is now a ruin. Since 1837 it has been partially submerged by the reservoir,[2] and is completely inaccessible. When the water is drained it can be seen that the castle stands on a narrow promontory, which is connected to the reservoir bank on the southwest.

History

Stanely was the ancient seat of the Danzielstons.[2] In the early 15th century the estate passed to the Maxwells of Calderwood, who sold it on in 1629 to Lady Ross of Hawhead. In the 18th century, it passed to the Boyle Earls of Glasgow. The castle was then used as a school, but was abandoned by the early 19th century. It was sold by the 4th Earl of Glasgow to the Paisley Water Company, who built the present reservoir.[3]

Construction

The castle is constructed in local freestone, which shows very little sign of weathering. It has been constructed of large, roughly squared and hammer dressed blocks, which have been laid in rough courses. Corbels and window margins are dressed. A high proportion of masonry is cut and dressed stone, especially in the interior. The windows are small, and there are keyhole-shaped arrow slits.[1]

Description

The castle is an L-shaped tower house of four storeys, which originally would have included a garret, but it is clear that the castle was constructed in two phases. The original castle being a rectangular tower aligned NNE-SSW. To this block was added a square extension or jamb. When the jamb was added it was necessary to add new openings into the new rooms. The castle was entered by its only door which is on the east side.

The first floor, and all upper floors, were reached by a spiral staircase in the northeast corner. The ground floor was occupied by two compartments or cellars. There was a private staircase in the south gable which gave private access to the hall above. The first floor was occupied by the kitchen in the jamb, and the great hall and a private cabinet in the main block. The second and third floors each contained two bedrooms in the main block and an additional room in the jamb. Each of these rooms contained a privy and fireplaces.

Stanely has two storeys over the hall, with no indication of rooms in the roof space. However it is possible that one attic room or a pair of small rooms could have been created. The Hearth Tax return for 1691 lists eleven hearths. Since the floors up to parapet level only account for nine hearths, this strengthens the case for attic rooms in the main block.

References

  1. "Stanely Castle, Site Number NS46SE 26". CANMORE. RCAHMS. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  2. Groome, Francis H. (ed.) (1892). Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland. 6. p. 376.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. "Stanely Castle". Mansion Houses of Paisley. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  • Mason, Gordon. The Castles of Glasgow and the Clyde, Goblinshead, 2000.

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On 4/5/2019 at 12:20 AM, Eric Arthur Blair said:

Engineering works in Renfrew |Rd where the Lidl etc is being built. You can see the Reid Kerr College on the left in the distance.

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Fudgie hudgie and Barclay  

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Union St.

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"Where's that?" some might ask. It's now the wee road off Stock Street going down to St. Charles church. The car parked outside the pub (and something I've noticed in the pictures I've posted, almost every corner has a pub!!!) is in Great Hamilton Street.

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7 hours ago, Eric Arthur Blair said:

Canal Station on the right, Robertson's factory in the middle, Iain Banks' inspiration running to the bottom left.

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With Camphill‘s “old” tenements at the top right...

and...

the espedair burn looping round the foot of Saucel hill at the bottom before tunnelling under the buildings (and Canal rail lines) to the Cart.

only once, did I ever summon enough courage to go right along the pipe work lining the sides, in that tunnel, to reach the Cart..  pitch dark, slippy, smelly and rat infested.   And then return...

i guess it must still be there.  I still see its black exit yawning into the River.

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3 hours ago, antrin said:

the espedair burn looping round the foot of Saucel hill at the bottom before tunnelling under the buildings (and Canal rail lines) to the Cart.

only once, did I ever summon enough courage to go right along the pipe work lining the sides, in that tunnel, to reach the Cart..  pitch dark, slippy, smelly and rat infested.   And then return...

i guess it must still be there.  I still see its black exit yawning into the River.

Article mentioning the Espedair Burn here.

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/tunnelling-tanya-breaks-through-in-paisley

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