For years now, any sci-fi film buffs who have visited Paisley Abbey in Scotland may have been startled by an unnervingly familiar sight. You see, one of the decorative carvings on the centuries-old building’s exterior bears a striking resemblance to an all-too-recognizable movie monster. Now, however, the mystery of how the gargoyle came to be looks to have been resolved once and for all.
Paisley, in the Scottish county of Renfrewshire, is situated seven miles away from Glasgow. But while it has a population of more than 77,000 citizens, it’s still officially classed as a town. Even so, that did not stop the locals from organizing a campaign for Paisley to win the U.K. City of Culture title for 2021. And while ultimately unsuccessful, the bid did reflect the regeneration that the area is currently undergoing.
Regardless of what happens in the future, though, Paisley looms large in the history of Scotland. During the Industrial Revolution, for instance, the town became a hotbed for weaving – and it was the birthplace of the famed Paisley pattern design. Sadly, however, by the close of the 20th century, every single one of its mills had shuttered. Meanwhile, further back in time, in the 12th century, the town was also a significant religious center – thanks to the construction of Paisley Abbey, which still stands proudly today.