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 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.
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.
Corkerhill was originally a farm and a few houses to the southwest of Glasgow, on the Paisley Canal Line from Glasgow, and still houses engine sheds and sidings, although Corkerhill signal box was demolished in the late 1970s. Corkerhill railway station was built in 1 July 1885.
In the 1920s building in Glasgow expanded as far as Mosspark making Corkerhill part of the Glasgow conurbation.
In the 1960s Glasgow Corporation (now Glasgow City Council) built Hardridge Road, part of Corkerhill, consisting of terraced and tenement dwellings. Later in the 1960s shops were built to address the shortage in the area, with the nearest then being in Cardonald, and Pollok.
In 2004, tenement demolition began and these were replaced with privately owned suburban style housing. This rebirth worked well, with the area still retaining its village identity by being bordered by the railway and Pollok Park as well as Nethercraigs Sports Complex, while still only ten minutes on the train from Glasgow Central – attracting commuters.