Centuries-old mystery of Abbey Drain to be explored

It’s a centuries-old mystery underneath Paisley town centre – and it could be solved this summer when a team of experts carry out the biggest exploration yet of Paisley’s unique medieval Abbey Drain.

The intricate underground structure is believed to have carried material from Paisley’s 850-year-old Abbey to the nearby River Cart – but no one has ever established where and how it met the river.

Now, a team of archaeologists will excavate an area next to Abbey Close to try to answer that – with the hope their findings could help the drain become a bigger visitor attraction in future.

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