The Sixty Steps are a much-loved feature of Glasgow's West End. The steps which connect Kelvinside Terrace to Garriochmill Road were designed by Alexander "Greek" Thomson in the 1870s to provide access to the original Queen Margaret Bridge. The bridge across the River Kelvin has since been demolished, and the Greek Thomson Sixty Steps are currently in need of restoration.
The Trust's ultimate objectives are to preserve and restore the steps and gardens for continued public use and enjoyment. Also to refurbish and repair the wall, steps and embellishments as well as to replace the railings and lights.
July 2014The Sixty Steps featured in the West End Festival 2014. As well as a fine performance of the promenade play by actor Patrick Wallace, we had a stand at the Queen Margaret Drive Festival - seen here, with Trust Secretary Shona Quigley and her gorgeous daughters. Thanks to everyone who showed an interest, signed up to be a member, and contributed to Trust funds.
West End Festival
On Sunday 15th June 2014, please join us at the Sixty Steps at 2pm to mark the installation of the new information signs and a special viewing bench at the Sixty Steps. Hear about the restoration plans and take part in a walkabout performance where actor Patrick Wallace brings 'Greek' Thomson back to life. More information in this PDF flyer:
New information boards
The Trust is thrilled to announce the installation of two new signs at the Sixty Steps. One has been positioned at the top of the Steps, showing a drawing of the structure. The other sign is sited at the foot of the wall on the old bridge pier. This carries a photograph of Walker's Bridge, which was demolished in the 1970s. A metal marker on the ground shows the photographer's vantage point. The Trust would like to thank Glasgow City Council's Stalled Spaces team for their kind support of this project.
News coverage of photo appeal
Our appeal for photos and memories of the Steps, to help the restoration bid, was featured on STV News. Please contact us via or message us via our Facebook page if you'd like to contribute images.
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 from 7.30pm, at Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, Belmont Street Please come to this special evening meeting to hear aboutexciting developments affecting the Sixty Steps and the Greek Thomson wall. Share your thoughts on our plans for this unique Alexander ‘Greek’Thomson structure, and its surroundings. All welcome!
You can download the AGM 2013 notice here:
Special West End Festival performance - Intimations of Mortality: 'Greek' Thomson's inspiration
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND In this one-man performance, talented student actor Patrick Wallace plays architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, bringing to life this structure’s inspiration, and giving insight to the creative mind that conceived it. The performance, specially written by Pennie Taylor, takes place around the Sixty Steps, and involves a gentle stroll. Saturday 1 June 2013 - Starts at the top of the steps at 2pm. Finishes by 3pm – free event
You can download the leaflet here:
Also, there is a Greek Thomson Walk on Wednesday 12 June at 7pm. Join Roger Guthrie, of the Alexander “Greek” Thomson Society on a tour of West End buildings designed by this mid-19C genius (and some of his contemporaries). Thomson’s work is unique to Glasgow and the West of Scotland and the walk includes the hidden gem - the mysterious "Sixty Steps". Booking and ticket info: Please get a ticket in advance from Barretts Newsagent, Byres Road.This tells you where to start the walk! All tickets £7.00. Walks normal duration: about 1h 45m to 2 hours. For further info please contact WEF office on 0141 341 0844.
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