The Sixty Steps
The Sixty Steps
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Thanks to Scottish novelist John Buchan and film director Alfred Hitchcock, we all know that “The 39 Steps is an organisation of spies, collecting information on behalf of the Foreign Office of…Aaagh!” – but daring the risk of hearing another gun shot being fired, what about “The Sixty Steps” in Glasgow?


The B-listed Sixty Steps is a – as I now carefully look around here, just in case – West End landmark designed in 1870 by the celebrated Glasgow architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson, and they connect Garriochmill Road to Kelvinside Terrace, and provide an access point to – the now destroyed – Queen Margaret Bridge we talked about in the previous blog entry, as we continue our scenic summer stroll along the Kelvin Walkway, heading towards Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.


Thomson was heavily influenced by the classical lines of ancient Greek architecture – hence his nickname of “Greek”, and we’ll feature more on him in later blogs – as well as India and Egypt. However he was not content to just copy the ancients and gave a light and modern touch to his buildings and structures.


Designed towards the end of Thomson’s life, the Victorian steps are an architectural treasure-trove – and unusual in that they are Thomson’s sole surviving structure. However they were neglected and in a state of disrepair and the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust was founded a couple of years ago in the hope of gaining funds from sources such as the Heritage Lottery Fund once the structure is transferred from private to public ownership, from the residents to the Trust.


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