Rockvilla Mushroom Factory and School

Right next to the Spier’s Wharf branch of the Forth & Clyde Canal stands this rather ugly building – it’s been a very visible landmark just to the north of Glasgow city centre for as long as I can remember. Rockvilla is, as it sounds, an enormous rock – Possil road tunnels through it and under the canal, and there used to be a school perched on the rock, but all that remains of that is the boy’s and girl’s entrances which spiral up through the rock.

This building was once a bonded warehouse, but later it was used for growing mushrooms – hence the bricked-up lower windows. It’s most interesting for the fantastic views.

Abandoned Warehouse (by Ben Cooper)

A view from an upper window, looking west over the canal:

Looking West (by Ben Cooper)

Inside, it’s mostly bog-standard warehouse:

Sofa (by Ben Cooper)

Some serious big steel doors, though:

Red Door  2 (by Ben Cooper)

And this is the view east to Spier’s Wharf:

Through a broken window... (by Ben Cooper)

The school was standard Victorian – the outdoor boy’s toilets are still standing:

Rockvilla Toilets (by Ben Cooper)

The staircase that spirals up inside the rock is beautiful, though damned hard to take a panorama of 😉

Rockvilla Panorama (by Ben Cooper)

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  1. Hi there,
    I’m researching the name Rockvilla and the first time I see it is on the 1860 OS map. There was a Villa of St Rollox nearby earlier though. Also quite a few quarrys in the area. Not sure if there’s a connection. Do you know any more about the name Rockvilla? It is quite unusual.



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