Temple Gasworks, Glasgow, Scotland – September 2014

As we’re starting to run out of places to see in Ireland myself and Stellaluna recently took a quick flying trip to Scotland to tackle some of the stuff on offer over there. On the first night we spent 9 hours taking on some of the more interesting explores in the city of Glasgow and on the second night we set our sights on another target, the main reason for this trip and something we’ve both been waiting a very long time to get the chance to climb.

The below report on the climb of one of the Temple gasworks gasometers is the first of a few reports from this Scotland trip.

Temple Gasworks was built 1871 for the Partick, Hillhead and Maryhill Gas Co, and purchased by Glasgow Corporation in 1891. Now used for storage only, there are two three-lift gasholders still remaining on site. The Dawsholm gasworks which this site was associated with has long since been demolished. All that remains of this site now is a fenced off tunnel which once connected the two sites.

The gasometer built in 1893 measures 240ft [73.1m] in diameter and has a capacity of 5,000,000 cubic ft, the other gasometer built in 1900 measures 220ft [67.1m] in diameter and has a capacity of 4,000,000 cubic ft. When under construction, this was considered the second largest gasworks in Britain.

Nowadays the compound lies empty and unused with the two ancient gasometers slowly rusting away in the harsh Scottish weather.

Only having 9ish hours of darkness available to us on our one night in Glasgow, myself and Stellaluna started this one a bit earlier than we would have liked. Due to this there was still some activity near our entry point. Once things calmed down a bit we went for it and were soon dropping into the gasworks compound.

All of the photos we’d seen from here were from the gasometer built in 1893 so we decided to climb the gasometer built in 1900 for a different view. The stairs were in a reasonably good condition but the final ladder to the top level has seen better days. Luckily there were dual rungs the whole way up so if one gave way you had the other as a backup. It’s hard to know whether the ladders themselves are over one hundred years old or if they were replaced later but it wouldn’t surprise me if the final ladder is still the original one.

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Arriving at the base of the 1900 gasometer

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A view of the 1893 gasometer with the rest of the gasworks compound visible below

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The view from the second level

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Stellaluna descending back down the final ladder

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The view from the top level

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