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Alexander "Greek" Thomson
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Alexander "Greek" Thomson  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Since we already have a thread from CRM I think it only right we have one for the man who is probably my favourite architect and some of his Glasgow buildings

Alexander Thomson was born on the 9th April 1817 in the village of Balfron, he was the ninth of twelve children. On his father's death when he was only seven years old his mother and the rest of the family moved to the outskirts of Glasgow. Unfortunately between 1928 and 1930 he lost one of his elder sisters and three brothers. His mother also died that year and the remaining children moved in with this older brother William to Hangingshaw just south of Glasgow.

I shall continue this story later on but meantime lets have a wee look at some of his remaining buildings ...


Caledonia Road UP church


Caledonia Road church by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Bucks Head buildings Argyle St


Bucks Head buildings by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Grosvenor building Gordon St


Grosvenor building II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Grosvenor building I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Sixty Steps Built in the 1870's to allow access to the Queen Margaret bridge (since demolished)


Sixty Steps (N) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Sixty Steps - Wall Detail by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Sixty Steps (S) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Former Queen Margaret bridge


Queen Margaret bridge (North entrance) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Queen Margaret bridge I by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr


Queen Margaret Bridge II by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Egyptian Halls Union St.

All that is visible today is the mass of scaffolding as sadly they are in dire need of restoration. This photo is from Sept 2011


Union St by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Thomson married Jane Nicholson on the 21st September 1847 in a double ceremony with her sister Jessie who married John Baird II. They moved into a house at 3 Apsley Place, where they lived until 1857. Apsley Place later became part of Nicholson St and in the 1960's probably not long after this photo was taken, the building on the right next to the handcart would be underneath one of the Stirlingfauld tower blocks. They had twelve children but would later lose five of them to an epidemic

Apsley Place (west side) from Cumberland St c.1960's ©City Planning Dept later renamed as part of Nicholson St. It ran between Cumberland St and Bedford St


Nicholson St - Oct 2008
This is taken looking towards what would have been the east side of Nicholson St, this small stretch of road was left after the building of the Stirlingfauld flats (the piles of rubble in the photo) and was still there up until 2012 when work started on the building of the replacement houses on the site


Nicholson St (N) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Nicholson St - Feb 2008 This should help those familiar with the Gorbals to locate the area as it looks towards Cumberland St, the old station building is visible behind the trees to the left


Nicholson St (S) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Thomson and Baird started a practice together in 1848 and this lasted until 1857 when he went into practice with his brother George. His  first church was the Caledonia Road Free church, which was built 1856-7. It finally closed for worship in 1962, the inner city clearances of areas like the Gorbals depriving it of its congregation. It was repeatedly the target of vandals and was finally set ablaze on the 30th October 1965. The shell still stands as an unofficial landmark to all those approaching the city centre from the south east. Despite various plans over the years it still stands isolated between Cathcart Road and Laurieston Road (formerly Hospital St) awaiting its fate. Thomson also designed (in 1857) the adjoining tenements on Cathcart Road and Hospital St to complement the church

Caledonia Road church 1970 (west site) from Gushetfaulds c/o mustang This shows the tenements on Cathcart Road


Caledonia Road church pre1965 (east side) ©Planning Dept This shows the church before the fire with the adjoining tenements on Hospital St

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Caledonia Road church - Apr 1973 ©Streapadair





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Caledonia Road church - Aug 1996

Gorbals 1996 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Rear of church - Dec 2010

Caledonia Road church mono by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

For those of you interested in photos of the inside of the church see Stuball's stuff here


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