DIVE IN AND EXPORE THE CREAR WEDDING MAP

BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE, PAISLEY PATTERN & THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PRINCE

Some interesting info for your travels to Crear - Brutalist architecture, a world leading engineering feat and why the paisley pattern is called paisley and what inspired the artist formally known as Prince!  So get yer wheels on for one of the most beautiful road trips in the world!

 

 

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BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE


When you first arrive at Glasgow Airport today, you’ll see a very different building to the one opened by the late Queen Elizabeth II on 27 June in 1966. 
The original airport building was designed by Sir Basil Spence with the building attracting not just travellers but local people keen to soak up some modernity.

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To find Spence’s building, go inside, pass through the check-ins and look up. There you’ll see a concrete barrel-vaulted ceiling. Wherever you are in the airport terminal – whether you’re in one of the shops or enjoying a coffee – if you can look up and see this arched ceiling, then you’re within the perimeter of the original rectangular terminal building.

The airport is to the west of the fabulous city of Glasgow. Our office is in Glasgow and we all highly recommend you make time to stop off on your way to explore.

Glasgow International is our nearest airport.
Did you know there are more flights from London to Glasgow than any other route in the world? Arriving at Edinburgh airport only adds a further forty minutes to your journey.

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SIR BASIL SPENCE 1907 – 1976

Paisley is the largest town in the historic county of Renfrewshire.
Situated to the West of Glasgow, its bang next to the airport.
The town is on the northern edge of the Gleniffer Braes,
straddling the banks of the White Cart Water, a tributary of the River Clyde.


KING DAVID 1 OF SCOTS 1084 - 1153

Paisley Abbey was founded around 1163 by Walter FitzAlan, a knight of Breton origin,
who had been brought to Scotland by King David 1 and made the first High Steward of Scotland. 

 

ROBERT 11, KING OF SCOTS 1316 – 1390 

The sixth High Steward, Walter, married Marjory Bruce, the daughter of the famous Scottish king Robert the Bruce
(who had defeated an English army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314) in 1315.

In the following year, Marjory died at the Abbey following a tragic riding accident nearby,
but the baby in her womb was saved and he became King Robert II of Scotland, the first of the Stewart monarchs.


WILLIAM AND KATE


For that reason, the Abbey claims to be the ‘cradle of the Royal House of Stewart.’
William, The Prince of Wales, is directly descended from him. 

The Abbey was also a centre of learning and it is believed that William Wallace,
who played a prominent part in the Wars of Independence in the 13th century,
was educated by the monks of Paisley Abbey.


SIR WILLIAM WALLACE 1270 – 1305

 

MEL GIBSON

An American Oscar winning epic historical fiction war film directed and co-produced by Mel Gibson,
who portrays William Wallace, was made in 1995.
The film depicts the life of Wallace leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward 1 of England. 
Mel here ahead of the game sporting a lock down hair do. 

JOHN WITHERSPOON 1723 - 1794

A Scot who helped to shape America as a signatory of the Declaration of Independence in 1776,
John Witherspoon moved from Paisley with his wife and five children, 
to becoming the sixth president of the College of New Jersey
(later to become Princeton University) in 1767.


Check out Witherspoon's statue close to the Ashtree Hotel by Scottish sculptor Sandy Stoddart,
whose studio is just down the road.
Another cast seen here is at Princeton University.


“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art,” said the famously flamboyant Oscar Wilde,
who loved nothing more than to lounge foppishly in a silk paisley smoking jacket and cravat. 

 


PAISLEY PATTERNS

Imports from the East India Company via the ‘silk routes’ brought the textile pattern to Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries,
and following the arrival of luxurious Kashmir shawls (some of which cost the price of a small house),
the pattern took the continent by storm.

The shawls were soon imitated throughout Europe, notably in Paisley.
From that point onwards the English term for the motif was ‘paisley.' 


RRINCE ROGERS NELSON 1958 – 2016

Your heart, your heart Paisley Park
Your heart, your heart, your heart (sing, sing it)
Paisley Park, Paisley Park, Paisley Park

Ever wondered why Prince wrote a song and named his home and studios Paisley Park?

SEND MAPS TO YOUR WEDDING GUESTS! 

Get your guests even more excited about your wedding day. Send maps in the post so they can plan ahead and be sure to have driving directions.

They fit inside a C5 envelope. Pitshanger Envelopes have a massive range.

Driving to Crear from Glasgow airport or Paisley, you cross the Erskine bridge.
When Princess Anne opened the bridge on 2 July 1971 it was the longest bridge of its kind anywhere in the world! 

Construction on the project began in April 1967 at a cost of £10.5 million, which is the equivalent of almost £150,000,000.00 today.
The bridge is 1.3km in length and 30m wide, with its tallest support measuring 50m.

Take time to walk back and forth over the Erskine Bridge to take in the views
and get a good leg stretch and a breath of air before your flight or train journey!