Mile End Mill

Built between 1899 and 1900, the Mile End Mill was constructed just after the Clarks’ and Coats’ family businesses merged in 1896, along with Jonas Brook & Bros., to form J. & P. Coats.

It was designed by W. J. Morley of Bradford, and is Grade A listed. The nearby free-standing octagonal brick chimney stack was also designed by Morley and is the only surviving stack in both the Anchor and Ferguslie sites. The chimney stack is Category B listed and is now put to use as antennae facilities for the mobile phone industry.

The Mile End Mill’s main operation related to the twisting process in thread manufacture, in which at least two yarns were combined to make thread strong enough and controllable enough for sewing. The now famous ‘invisible thread’ was invented here, though much secrecy surrounded the invention during its early years.

By 1993, the Mile End Mill time as a working mill was ended, and the refurbished building now houses a large number of offices, a child care nursery and a gym facility.

Video and some text courtesy of Paisley’s People Archive.

Our History

The four buildings that make up Abbey Mill Business Centre are the face of Paisley’s historic thread past. Beginning with the Embroidery Mill (built 1840), the thread and weaving industry in the local community grew rapidly with Anchor Mill (built 1886), Mile End Mill (built 1897) and the Sir James Clark Building (built 1923), expanding the industry and local economy. These four iconic buildings became the workplace for thousands of people in the community for over a hundred years with the goods made being exported to millions across the globe.

But then came the industrial decline and the buildings were sold off in the early 1980’s with the promise that the buildings would remain in commercial use to maintain jobs.

Our Future

These iconic thread mills were slowly converted into gorgeous studio spaces beginning with the Embroidery Mill in 1981. With the team at Abbey Mill Business Centre taking ownership in the early 1990’s, the Sir James Clark Building was converted in 1992 with the Mile End Mill following in 2000. The last building to be repurposed was the Anchor Mill building which was extensively renovated to become a mixture of office and residential properties with help from the Prince’s Foundation. King Charles and Prince William attended the grand opening of the newly renovated Anchor Mill in 2005.

Since their renovation into multi-use studio spaces, these buildings continue to showcase Paisley’s thread industry, while offering fantastic studio space for the businesses of today. Abbey Mill Business Centre’s goal is to provide top quality studio space for businesses of all sizes, providing you with all the tools that you need to help your business prosper.

Text courtesy of Abbey Mill Business Centre

We asked our friends to create a beautiful video of the Mile End Mill at Seedhill Paisley and the Chimney that dominates the skyline. Sit back and enjoy what you won’t see from the ground.