Mosspark

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Coordinates: 55°50′24″N 4°19′42″W / 55.839951°N 4.328274°W / 55.839951; -4.328274

Mosspark
Scottish Gaelic: Pàirc na Mòna
Mosspark is located in Glasgow council area
Mosspark
Mosspark
 Mosspark shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS543632
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G52
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow South West
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Pollok
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Mosspark (Gaelic: Pàirc na Mòna) 'is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde, in the south-west of the city.

History[edit]

Mosspark and the lands of East and Mid-Henderston were incorporated into Glasgow in 1909. They covered seventy-two hectares of farmland and their acquisition was prompted by the need to develop peripheral communities to help ease the city's notorious overcrowding. The First World War was crucially important in determining Mosspark's pioneering place in Glasgow Corporation's housing programme. In 1919 ground breaking legislation made it compulsory for local authorities to implement planned housing schemes, underpinned by subsidies. As a result, Mosspark became the most ambitious of the Corporation's immediate post-war developments.

Postcard view of Mosspark Avenue

The housing density and extensive green space were inspired by Raymond Unwin and the Garden city movement. The area is almost unique within the surrounding area with its tree-lined streets and boulevard stretching the length of the area at its most northern point. Entirely residential, the scheme's green and semi-rural setting was intended to provide a healthier alternative to the city's traditional tenement landscape, which had become too much identified with urban corrosion. Although flats featured in Mosspark's plans, two-thirds of the housing stock was built in the form of cottages, semi-detached and terraced, and surrounded by gardens. The dwellings were built to high standards with spacious rooms and modern conveniences including the clean new energy source of electricity. Over time the area became one of the most desirable for Corporation tenants and was dominated by higher-income families.

The district's exclusive character had arisen because it was generally not cost-effective for the Corporation to build such prestigious, low-density developments, especially in the depressed economic climate of the inter-war years. Mosspark was consequently a showpiece of modern planning in Glasgow, but it could not serve as a realistic blueprint for the Corporation's long-term housing strategy. Simlilar later housing schemes were built like Knightswood although the blueprint was changed to cheaper building materials, fireplaces were removed from the bedrooms and interior walls were no longer brick.

Transport[edit]

To the North of Mosspark is Bellahouston Park and Paisley Canal railway line to the south which separates the area from Corkerhill. Oddly, the nearest train station is Corkerhill while Mosspark railway station more accurately serves South Cardonald and northern Pollok.

Facilities[edit]

The area has a great deal of amenities in spite of its rather small size, including a church, school, bowling club, several shops and a park directly facing the much grander Bellahouston Park. There are no public houses in Mosspark, the nearest being the Parkway Bar in Cardonald.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Some outdoor portions of the sitcom Still Game were filmed in Mosspark.
  • The TV show Vids used an empty shop in Mosspark as the storefront in the show.

Notable people[edit]

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