The Old Hillhead Primary School: Wednesday 4 April (365.360° Day 255)


So, this was one of those gifts that just falls in your lap…

I was out doing some street photography late in the afternoon with my new V1 when I noticed the gate to the old, now abandoned primary school at the bottom of my street was open. Being the nosey, camera-toting type, I had to take a peek.

Entering the yard I then found a very narrow door into an outer hallway was also standing open. I stepped inside and walked about 50 feet down to a left turn that offered up another 50 feet of corridor that ran down to a back entrance to the main building. Curious as ever and borderline salivating at the prospect of all the empty, decaying spaces within, I was, nonetheless, also shitting myself that:

a). The council pull up outside to metal-panel the door I came in through closed and chain the gate, trapping me inside for the night,

b). On venturing in I plunge through some rotting floorboards, breaking a bone or seven in the process,

c). A gang of squatting junkies stab me in the face for the aforementioned new camera, phone, wallet etc.

Even so, I headed in and spent about half an hour wandering through the eerily empty corridors and classrooms. The school’s only been closed since June 2010 but it’s already pretty run-down. Great fun.

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland painting mural wall kids children schoolchildren nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

hillhead school primary education abandoned empty desolate decay urban city architecture building west end cecil street photography photo glasgow scotland painting mural wall kids children schoolchildren nikon V1 CSC project365 365project photoaday

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14 thoughts on “The Old Hillhead Primary School: Wednesday 4 April (365.360° Day 255)

  1. Absolutely beautiful. Especially the train murals. I love abandoned spaces. Just so full of stories to imagine and make up!

    • Thanks! Yeah, very strange spaces – I find it such a shame there’s still no use for the place nearly two years on. Rubbish!! It should be an amazing club/live venue. Wish I had the resources to make it happen!

    • Hey Alice, it must be so crazy for you to see these pics! There was such a strange feeling seeing it in person and I only lived up the street from the place for a couple of years, didn’t go to school there or anything. Very empty, eerie and, yes, quite sad too – particularly the room with all the butterfly cut-outs the kids made still stuck to the windows – a bit haunting really. I wonder what they’ll end up doing with the building….

  2. This was my Primary school too. The old plaster murals on the landings were something I was particularly fond of at the time, along with hiding in window alcoves such as in the top picture (looks like the old GP room used for assemblies and wet playtimes).

  3. Beautiful shots there mate. They’re made all the more powerful as they provide me with a glimpse of my childhood.. thanks!

  4. Hi Rob, This building looks perfect for a filming location for a TV production i’m location scouting for. Do you remember the address/if it is still abandoned?

    • It’s on the corner of Cecil St and Great Western Road in Glasgow. I think it was up for redevelopment but no idea whether that’s happened or not – I moved to London not long after these shots were taken and that’s a couple of years back now. Hope that helps.

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