HAYFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

WHERE IS IT? In the Gorbals district in the south side, on the corner of Old Rutherglen Road and Moffat Street

Originally built in 1903, this old school building has found a new lease of life housing the Hayfield Support Services for Deaf People.



It was designed by John H Hamilton, son of James Hamilton, the latter renowned for his many gravestones within the Necropolis. James died in 1894, shortly after he and John had reconciled their relationship, an argument having caused a decade long rift between father and son. John took on the mantle of his father’s practice, James Hamilton & Son, and it was under this name that Hayfield was built. In 1905, John returned to build an additional accommodation block that attached to the school. The firm’s name was retired in 1910 when Arthur Hamilton, John’s son, joined him as a third-generation architect, the firm hence known as John Hamilton & Son.


The school fell into disuse in the 1960s, and in the early 1970’s the Hayfield organization took it over. The non-profit help deaf people who experience additional difficulties in life. Part of the school ground was sold and developed into a modern housing estate. The school’s original stone gateposts have been reused to form a space for a bench in the carpark of the modern flats built next door.



Around about the same time, David, the younger of the two Barclay brothers, faced a trial of culpable homicide when a play shed collapsed in nearby Pollokshields, but he was later acquitted. At the end of his career, it is believed David had designed and built over 40 schools in Scotland.


The B-listed Abbotsford School has lain derelict for some time, having been converted to offices in 2005 but without attracting many clients. In 2013 it was announced that the Glasgow Community Education Association had bought the school for £400,000 in order to transform it into an Islamic-only school. Such plans of segregation were met with opposition, but in 2014 the independent Al Khalil College was opened in the old school building.



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