Stepps is a small town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, on the north-eastern outskirts of Glasgow. The town consists of Stepps Village, Cardowan, Stepps Hill and Millerston. It had a population of 4,802 according to the 2001 census.
Originally part of the Garnkirk estate, the name for the settlement appears to post-date that of the main road through its centre, Steps Road, which was named in the 19th century and appended with a Steps Road railway station in the 1850s. The name and spelling Stepps only became accepted when the name of the station formally changed to Stepps in 1924.
Stepps is home to one of Scotland's oldest Hockey Clubs. Formed in 1913, Stepps Hockey Club is building towards its centenary celebrations and currently competes in the Second Division of the Scottish National Hockey League (link title).
Stepps has served as a commuter town for Glasgow. The town is served by a railway station on SPT's Cumbernauld Line, providing a quick commute to central Glasgow, and by the A80 road. The town was bypassed by the southern section of the M80 motorway in 1992; that section of motorway is still referred to locally as the Stepps Bypass. The town's main bus service is the number 36 bus.
Stepps has two primary schools. Stepps Primary School was established in 1902 but opened in new premises, shared with Stepps Public Library on a different site in 2007. Most of its pupils go on to Chryston High School. St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School was first opened in 1900 but a new building was opened in 1985. Most of its pupils g on to Our Lady's High School, Cumbernauld.
- Bunyan, Freda; Kidd, Neil (1996). The Story of Stepps. Strathkelvin District Libraries. ISBN 0-904966-44-5.
- "M80 missing link a step nearer completion". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
- CANMORE/RCAHMS record for Glasgow, Stepps, Cardowan Colliery
- RCAHMS record for Glasgow, Cranhill, Stepps Road, Water Tower
- Scotland's Places: Stepps
- Stepps Online Community Website
- Stepps Lawn Tennis Club
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