History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

21 Bracken Street, Glasgow

A Category C Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 55.8914 / 55°53'29"N

Longitude: -4.2584 / 4°15'30"W

OS Eastings: 258863

OS Northings: 668781

OS Grid: NS588687

Mapcode National: GBR 0K7.VT

Mapcode Global: WH3P2.K5FX

Plus Code: 9C7QVPRR+HM

Entry Name: 21 Bracken Street, Glasgow

Listing Name: 426 Balmore Road, Hodge Court, Former Possil School Gymnasium Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 6 April 1992

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 377636

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33742

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Canal

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

Tagged with: School building

Find accommodation in


James Taylor Thomson, 1930-34. Single storey and basement 10-bay T-plan former gymnasium block for Possil School, school now demolished. Red brick with contrasting slightly advanced ashlar end bays, base course, cill course, top and bottom of parapet. Recessed openings. Flat roof.

W (STREET) ELEVATION: symmetrical, 10-bay. Central canted projecting flagpole holder at parapet.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 9-bay, with central 3-bay projecting flat-roofed section with central entrance with slightly advanced doorpiece breaking parapet.

Predominantly 6-pane timber windows with upper section inward opening, some now boarded up.

INTERIOR: entrance hallway leads to 2 large gymnasiums with timber floors.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: stepped brick boundary wall with gabled ashlar coping to N, S, W and E, but most complete to W and S. Some sections with railings. To W, pair of brick slender square gatepiers with flat ashlar caps. To S, 2 pairs of brick gatepiers, those to left tall, square with flat ashlar caps, those to right shorter version with entrance now infilled with brick.

Statement of Interest

A striking piece of thirties architecture with contrasting red brick and grey sandstone. It is the sole remaining structure of Possil School which originally consisted of a very large open corrider plan school constructed in a splayed U-plan. The gymnasium block was situated between the splayed wings. The school was converted to housing and the whole site was listed at category C(S) in 1992. Demolition of the school, due to severe structural problems, has taken place (2004) and new housing is being built on its site.

The gymnasium block and boundary walls contribute positively to the streetscape in Balmore Road and form an important part of Possilpark's social history.

External Links

External links are from the relevant listing authority and, where applicable, Wikidata. Wikidata IDs may be related buildings as well as this specific building. If you want to add or update a link, you will need to do so by editing the Wikidata entry.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.