Video: ‘Alien’ gargoyle on ancient Paisley Abbey

The gargoyles on the 850-year-old abbey only date back to the 1990s

A gargoyle on a historic 13th Century abbey has caused a Paisley Abbey, which looks like one from the 1980s movie, has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.

The Reverend Alan Birss said most of the gargoyles were replaced during a refurbishment in the early 1990s.

He thinks that one of the stonemasons must have been having a bit of fun.

Mr Birss, The stonemason created 12 new gargoyles

The stonemason created 12 new gargoyles

Mr Birss said a stonemason from an Edinburgh firm was contracted to create the new gargoyles.

“I think it was a stonemason having a bit of fun,” he said.

“Perhaps the film. It was just a concept of an alien.”

Mr Birss said an internet search showed that someone had pointed out the similarity as far back as 1997.

“But it obviously did not pick up and take off then like it has now,” he said.

Church officer Matthew McIntosh said: “It is a beautiful building. Paisley gets a bad press but the abbey is the jewel in the crown.

“People will be surprised and delighted by everything they see outside and inside.”

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