TheGlasgowStory 

Skip Navigation / Jump to Content

Featured Images

Doing the Washing!
Doing the Washing!

Cardinal Winning
Cardinal Winning

Swings at Glasgow Green

Burrell Collection Photo Library

*Open in New Window
Swings at Glasgow Green

Children (many in bare feet) in a play park on Glasgow Green, c 1916. The photograph was probably taken by Peter Fyfe, the city's Chief Sanitary Inspector, who had brought the creation and control of playground facilities within the juristiction of the Sanitary Department in his campaign to improve the health and living conditions of the city's poor.

From 1889 the Sanitary Department was responsible for constructing and maintaining children's playgrounds. Over time the Department obtained plots of land and converted them into playgrounds by putting up railings and installing swings, may-poles, joy-wheels, ladders and so on. Caretakers were appointed to look after each playground.By 1914 the Corporation had opened twenty-seven playgrounds and another three were under construction. There were seven more attached to public schools and been fitted up by the Sanitary Department on the understanding that they would be open to children after school hours. The school janitors were responsible for their upkeep and were paid an extra 5 shillings (25p) a week for the work.

Reference: 140.78.247

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

Keywords:
bare feet, Chief Sanitary Inspectors, children, girls, Glasgow Corporation Sanitary Department, Glasgow Green Children's Play Park, parks, play parks, playgrounds, Sanitary Department, swings



Quick Search


Photo Album

You have 0 images in your photo album.

View Photo Album

Log-In (Optional)

username:
password:
Not a user? Register now for FREE!

Other Options