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Sma’ Shot Cottages Fundraiser

We are having a fundraising folk evening at the Cottages on Thursday 6th June at 7.30pm.

Collins and Collins (formerly of Clydebuilt) will be performing.

It’s a ‘bring your own bottle’ arrangement with tea & coffee etc. at the break.

Tickets are £10 and can be bought at the Cottages or people can call Susan Reid at 0141 887 2273.

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Tributes pour in for historian Ellen Farmer

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Paisley historian Ellen Farmer MBE – who devoted much of her to improving the town she loved so much – has passed away.

Former mill girl Ellen, 74, died on Friday night and tributes to the woman who “had Paisley in her heart” have poured in.

Ellen Farmer inside the Sma Shot CottagesShe was a well-known face in the town and was a tireless campaigner with Sma’ Shot Cottages and the Thread Mill Museum, and also started Paisley Development Association, which became the Trust (PDT).

In 2004, Ellen, who was president of the Old Paisley Society, was awarded the Fellowship of the University of Paisley for helping to preserve the town’s illustrious heritage, seven years after receiving the MBE from the Queen for services to the town’s history.

To read more please visit the Paisley Daily Express website, where you can read the rest of the article written by Lynn Jolly.. Click here…

 

 

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Surprise haunting in small Paisley house

Lanarkshire Paranormal investigated The Sma’ Shot Cottages in Shuttle Street Paisley on September 23rd 2012. Here is the report of the event.

An unlikely location.
There is nothing like the excitement of a large castle or a derelict hospital, the creepy atmosphere adds to the thrills associated with paranormal investigating, but never overlook the small and even cosy-looking places sited around our cities.
We were reminded of this when visiting an unlikely location, The Sma’ Shot Cottages in Paisley.

Sma-Shot-CottagesBeing a charitable organisation, we agreed to investigate the cottages and open up to the public in order to raise funds for this quaint little location. With a nightclub situated next door and the noise bellowing out, on arrival the team was uneasy about the success of this location and concerns grew as we set up the camera system and got a feel of the place.
How are we going to successfully call out with all that night club noise? And are we all going to spread out enough to get any activity without hearing each other? All this was on our minds, expecting a long and uneventful investigation… how wrong we were.
The teams decided, the cameras rolling, were ready to begin.
The first location was the area nearest the nightclub, the noise was horrendous. People queuing for the bar outside, calling out became more like shouting out (dawning on us now that a Saturday night was not the greatest idea here). After 20 minutes of nothing, we noticed the area getting really dark to a point where the street lights shining into the room through gaps in the window shutters were no longer silhouetting the antique looms and other furnishings in the room. People had to use their night vision cameras now just to see where they were walking. It was then we noticed the small bird cages hanging from the giant wooden looms swinging quite violently.
Being a solid stone floor and everyone far away from the looms themselves, we found this to be quite remarkable as well as physically impossible as there were no draughts, wind or any other elements that could have caused it.
As randomly as it started, it stopped again almost instantly. The light started to come back into the room, people started to report seeing human shapes in corners moving. Maybe we had underestimated this little location.
As the night went on, more shapes and several strange lights on the cameras appeared, not your usual perfect circle “orb like” lights, these had very abstract shapes and patterns.
The team was now in the reconstructed living room/bedroom area, already pleasantly surprised that this small city museum had more activity again – while calling out, again came the darkness. We asked if we were welcome and with an almighty crash the door into this room violently smashed open as if kicked from the other side, startling everyone. The door closed, we asked again and again, the door swinging open with incredible force.
Shadows and uneasy feelings were all around us throughout the night affecting emotions, the ladies feeling incredibly sad and the gentlemen feeling incredible anger. Strange smells of burning and choking were felt and we were only to find out later that there had been a fire in which a child died many years ago.
We left the building speechless and with great feelings of confusion. These are not your average bumps and bangs, not your normal, were they or weren’t they shapes? There is a story in this place, a story that the spirits which still reside in there are trying to show us.
We will return in March 2013 to try to find out what this place is telling us, other than never to underestimate small unlikely locations such as The Sma’ Shot Cottages Paisley.

Lanarkshire Paranormal (www.lanarkshireparanormal.co.uk) are:
Stefan Richards, Co-Founder/Co-Manager
Jan Murdoch, Co-Founder/Co-Manager
Alex Kelly, Investigator
Debbie Murdoch, Investigator
Mark Adams, Investigator
Jamie Kelly, Investigator

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Sma Shot Cottages Public Ghost Hunt

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Sma Shot Cottages Public Ghost Hunt

Public Ghost Hunt run by Lanarkshire Paranormal to raise funds for the Sma’ Shot Cottages on Sunday 23rd September. Call 07837 949356 and ask for Janice, or visit the website (link below).

Lanarkshire Paranormal

Lanarkshire Paranormal are a dedicated team of paranormal researchers. Based in Scotland, we investigate both private locations and organize many nationwide events. With the latest in hi-tech equipment and over 16 years experience, Lanarkshire Paranormal are at the forefront of paranormal investigations. We are solely driven to find the truth behind the sightings and reports that have been debated for centuries. Lanarkshire Paranormal arrange and cooordinate exciting paranormal investigations throughout the country for people to experience the unexplained realms of the paranormal. Lanarkshire Paranormal are a non-profit organization, raising funds for many charities throughout the UK So please check our events pages for more details on how to book and secure your place for an experience you will never forget. If you would like us to visit your own property, please feel free to contact Lanarkshire Paranormal.

http://lanarkshireparanormal.co.uk

Sma Shot Cottages

sma shotSma Shot Cottages, Paisley is a fully restored and furnished 18th century weavers cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest and a tearoom. Also featuring a row of mill workers houses from the 1840’s. Out with opening hours visits are by prior arrangement.

The cottage on the left is a typical weaver’s cottage and is one of the only two remaining in Paisley. It was originally built in the 1740′s and its layout exactly matches written descriptions of such cottages as found in histories of the town. Slight alterations were made during the 1800′s in order to increase the size of the back room, thus providing more living space for the weaver and his family.

The cottage has three rooms, two of which were living quarters, the third being a loom shop where the weaver and his family worked.
Back in the 1700′s the cottage was a workshop as well as a home. Over and above looking after her husband, her children and the cottage, the weaver’s wife would spin and use the pirnwheel.

The weaver would have to work very long hours in order to make enough money to support his wife and family.

11/17 George Place

Paisley

PA1 2HZ

Tel: 0141 889 1708

Fax: 0141 889 0530

Wed & Sat 1200-1600 Apr-September
http://www.smashot.co.uk

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Paisley Photographs Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot cottages taken by Mags MacGee

Paisley Photographs

Paisley Photographs of Sma Shot Cottages taken on Doors Open Day 2012 by Mags MacGee for paisley.org.uk

Sma Shot Cottages

Sma Shot Cottages, Paisley is a fully restored and furnished 18th century weavers cottages with photographs, artifacts of local interest and a tearoom. Also featuring a row of mill workers houses from the 1840’s. Out with opening hours visits are by prior arrangement.

the cottage on the left is a typical weaver’s cottage and is one of the only two remaining in Paisley. It was originally built in the 1740′s and its layout exactly matches written descriptions of such cottages as found in histories of the town. Slight alterations were made during the 1800′s in order to increase the size of the back room, thus providing more living space for the weaver and his family.

The cottage has three rooms, two of which were living quarters, the third being a loom shop where the weaver and his family worked.
Back in the 1700′s the cottage was a workshop as well as a home. Over and above looking after her husband, her children and the cottage, the weaver’s wife would spin and use the pirnwheel.

The weaver would have to work very long hours in order to make enough money to support his wife and family.

Find more information on Sma Shot Cottages on this website and on the Sma Shot website