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The Magician of Mosspark

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The Magician of Mosspark

A cartoon from The Bailie of 29 September, 1920, showing Housing Convener George Morton as a magician cultivating new houses in Mosspark like mushrooms. Mosspark had been designated as a site for council house building, and the green fields of the area were indeed transformed by the mushroom-like appearance of new housing in the early 1920s.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 1919 placed a responsibility on local authorities to provide working class housing with the help of Government subsidies. Mosspark was one of the earliest, and most ambitious, of the new post-war housing schemes. It was designed as a garden suburb consisting mostly of cottages, a radical departure from the traditional tenement architecture found in Glasgow until then.

Elected to represent Govanhill in 1907, George Morton was a Bailie of the Burgh from 1912 to 1916. As Convener of the Housing Committee, 1919-1926, he was a major influence during the early years of the house-building programme. In 1929 he was appointed City Treasurer, as post he held until his retirement in 1932 after twenty-five years of service.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 052 BAI

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

cartoons, cottages, council houses, garden suburbs, Glasgow Corporation, Housing (Scotland) Act 1919, Housing Committee, housing estates, housing schemes, magicians, magistrates, mushrooms, treasurers, wizards

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