Thomas Coats Memorial Church


Thomas Coats Memorial, Paisley. One of the finest Baptist churches in Europe.

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Paisley’s New Event Space – Coats Venue


‘A truly unique and stunning venue in the heart of Paisley’s West End’

Coats Venue, formerly Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church is transitioning to a landmark entertainment venue in the West of Scotland providing a multifunctional entertainment hub, with a grand opening scheduled for spring 2020. This magnificent building, often referred to the exclamation mark in Paisley’s skyline, is over 125 years old will truly delight your guests each time they visit.

Coats Venue can accommodate up to 600 hundred guests with a variety of rooms for all types of events:

  • Grand celebrations- weddings, anniversaries, milestone birthdays and school proms
  • Corporate events – client entertainment, award ceremonies, exhibitions and meetings
  • Live entertainment – music, dance, theatre, opera, comedy and filming

Ideally located in the West End of Paisley, with excellent motorway links less than 10 minutes away providing easy access to Glasgow Airport and Glasgow City, Coats Venue provides a truly unique and stunning setting.

The venue will undergo a schedule of work to upgrade facilities in preparation for a grand opening spring 2020, however with minimum disruption, we remain in excellent condition to run events with immediate effect.

Address: High Street, Paisley, PA12BA

Office Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

To arrange a visit, discuss your venue requirements or receive a quote please contact:

Margaret Mc Gregor Oliver, Coats Venue Sales Executive

E mail

Telephone 07522 200163

In line with Renfrewshire’s annual Doors Open Day, the building will be open Saturday 7th September 12-4pm and Sunday 8thSeptember 12-4pm, members of the public will be given free access to this fascinating building to explore – look forward to seeing you there.

Pre 2019:

The Baptist Cathedral Of Europe

The Church has been part of the Paisley sky-line for a 100 years and is sometimes called the Baptist Cathedral of Europe. The spiritual home of a broad-based congregation in the Baptist tradition, the Church is primarily a place of worship, prayer, music and the preaching of the gospel. As such it offers a welcome to all who come through its great oak doors.The beauty of the building speaks its own silent message. There is the intricate beauty of the wood carvings and the spaciousness and symmetry of the sanctuary with its vaulted roof and cruciform shape. Marble, alabaster and mosaics abound. The building, in red sandstone, is Gothic in design, topped with a crown spire rising to more than 60 metres above ground-level.

The Coats Family History

James Coats (1774-1857), originally a ‘cork’ or manufacturer in tambouring trade, formed a partnership with James Whyte to produce ‘Canton Crepe’.

For several years the firm held the monopoly of this trade in Paisley. With his success, he built himself a town house at Back Row, Ferguslie. He then , as a silent partner, funded the firm of Ross & Duncan at George Street, who had mastered the techniques of twisting silk yarn. On dissolving this partnership, James Coats built his first small mill at ferguslie in 1826. In 1830, after perfecting his thread, he retired.

His sons, James and Peter, founded the firm of J & P Coats.
Soon, their brother, Thomas, joined the company. This family combination was ideal for a business undertaking. James had been a shawlmaker, Peter was an accountant, and Thomas an engineer.

The mill buildings at Ferguslie were largely increased in the 1840′s. By this time, trade with America accounted for three-quarters of the firms output, as another brother, Andrew, had built-up a marketing empire there. To counter the policy of home-trade protection, made by the Americans, the firm opened up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island between 1870 and 1883. Further mils were opened up in Russia, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Spain. In 1890, the company had a capital of nearly £6,000,000! it had, from small beginnings, become one of the largest undertaking of its kind in the world.
In 1896, it absorbed the Clark Empire.
Besides the Clarks and Coats, other threadmakers, such as the Kerrs and Carliles, had existed in the town, but, through time, were either absorbed by other companies or had failed in business.

Text from Paisley History section

Thomas Coats Memorial Photographs