Paisley is a relatively small city with only 76,000 residents, but there’s nothing average about its impact on history! We are so blessed to call this place ‘home.’ You know what else Paisley is home to?
Actors Gerard Butler and David Tennant
The invention of the Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
The 4th busiest train station in Scotland
The birth of the Paisley pattern
The only UK start for the Monte Carlo Classic Rally
But that doesn’t even touch on our 12th century Abbey, the final resting place of all six High Stewards of Scotland. Or the historical Mills, once the largest thread manufacturing site in the world. Or the fact that Paisley is less than an hour from Scotland’s rugged coastline, it’s biggest city Glasgow, the Highlands and even the famous Loch Ness. Come visit Paisley, and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Although several members of our team live in their own homes throughout Paisley, a majority live at the historic Stanely House. This is our main location where we have office space, run our Discipleship Training Schools and more.
Stanely House was built in the 1880s by Thomas Coats, a Victorian industrialist who owned and operated the largest thread-making company in the world. Stanely House was eventually sold by the Coats family and passed through the hands of several owners during the next 110 years. The estate was later sold and developed into a residential neighbourhood, and the House itself became a elderly care home. In 1992 it was bought by YWAM King`s Kids and has been used as a base ever since.
It’s name ‘Stanely’ comes from the Gaelic stane lea, or ‘stone meadow.’ From its place on a hill can be seen the flooded 15th century ruins of Stanely Castle nearby, to the taller buildings of Glasgow, and even the beginnings of the Highlands to the North on a rare, clear day.