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Knightswood Housing

Glasgow City Archives, Department of Architectural and Civic Design

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Knightswood Housing

This photograph, taken around 1945, shows Corporation housing at Langley Avenue, Knightswood.

Knightswood was one of the areas affected by the Corporation's policy that no public houses should be built in council housing schemes. The temperance movement contended that alcoholic drink caused or aggravated poor social conditions, and that licensed premises would be incompatible with the provision of "healthy surroundings and happy homes". Relatively low figures for arrests for being drunk and incapable in "dry" areas seemed to justify the policy. However, it was also argued that the absence of public houses forced people living in outlying estates such as Knightswood to travel long distances for social activities, often resulting in disturbance for travellers on late-night transport. The policy was finally relaxed in the 1980s.

Reference: D-AP 9/35

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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