Swedish Post-War Prefabricated Houses – location list (updated 3 August 2017)

Prefab Scouts – help needed!

Neil is compiling a location list of Swedish post-war prefabs (sometimes known as Swedish or Swedish timber houses). He grew up in a Swedish house in Pool-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire, which is still in his family.

Neil's Swedish House in Pool-in-Wharfedale

Neil’s Swedish House in Pool-in-Wharfedale

The houses were imported from Sweden at the end of WW2 to designs from the UK. Many are still standing and lived in. There are several different styles but typically, unless they have been re-clad, they have distinctive vertical wooden exterior planking. One pair of dormer bungalows in Ellers Lane, Auckley, Doncaster is listed Grade II by Historic England.
In England and Wales pairs of semi detached houses with single storey ‘wash houses’ (style 1) and semi detached dormer bungalows (style B1) were erected individually or in small groups in mainly rural areas.
In Scotland at least five further styles of houses have been identified (see diagrams 2 to 6 below). They were erected in much larger numbers, sometimes in large urban developments, comprised of semis and terraces of four to six houses. Some of these, perhaps those on the rural Forestry Commission sites, we now believe to be imported from Finland.

Can you help Neil with verifying locations and telling us where we can find others? Many thanks to the people who have contacted us and helped identify Swedish prefabs so far! A special thank you to Alistair Vanstone and Carol Smith for their numerous contributions and tenacity in finding them. If you have information about Swedish (or Finnish) houses, please leave a comment on this post, alternatively email prefabmuseum@gmail.com If you can tell us the postcode, name of the road or nearby it really helps us locate them on the old (and new) maps.

We sometimes receive requests for help with renovating Swedish houses and dormer bungalows. If you are, or can recommend, someone who has experience with these homes please let us know by commenting or emailing us.

We also receive information about difficulties with estate agents, surveyors and mortgage lenders regarding Swedish houses and dormer bungalows. We cannot give advice but BRE (Building Research Establishment) produced a report in 1995 ‘Timber Framed Housing Systems Built in the UK 1920-1965’, a section of which is quoted at the bottom of this web page http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2002/03/15098/8737 .

Swedish timber dormer bungalow, semi-detached, Cambridgeshire

Dormer bungalow style B1 (England & Wales) , Cambridgeshire.

House style 1 (England & Wales) (archive Sid Cat)

Swedish post war prefab houses (Scotland)

House style 4 (Scotland)

Swedish dormer bungalow rear view

Swedish dormer bungalow style B1. rear view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several different styles in Scotland. Neil has provided outlines of the types and numbered each of the houses found. He emphasises that these are not to scale but should be close enough to identify the style.

Semis - styles 5 and 6

Semis – styles 5 and 6

Semis styles 2, 3, 4

Semis styles 2, 3, 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWEDISH POST-WAR PREFABRICATED HOUSES

UK LOCATION LIST

All those listed are believed to be still standing unless otherwise stated in the Notes

England Pairs of

H  –   B

  O.S. Grid Ref Notes
Abington Pigotts, Cambs., (High Street, SG8 0SN) 0  –   1   TL308446 1 extended over wash house
Abbots Langley, Herts., (Trowley Rise, WD5 0RJ) 1  –   2   TL093015 The first to be constructed. Article in ‘Townsville Daily Bulletin’ (Australia) on 3.11.1945
Ashley, Market Drayton, Shropshire (Sw. HSe, Charnes Rd, TF9 4LH)  0  –  1    Demolished?
Auckley, Doncaster, S.Yks., (Ellers Lane, DN9 3HY) 0  –    1   SE651012 Historic England listing 1392257 (19.9.2007)
Barkestone-le-Vale, Leics., (Chapel  St., NG13 0HE)  2  –    2   SK781347
Barnby Dun, Doncaster, S.Yks., (Brosley Ave., DN13 1AQ) 2  –    0   SE620093 1 half of 1 pair extended and clad
Beausale, Warwks. (Heath Terrace, CV35 7NR) 1  –    0 SP240708
Binfield, Bracknell, Berks (Tilehurst Lane, RG42 5JP) 4  –   6   SU846712 Demolished except 1 pair of much altered houses
Binfield Heath, Henley-on-T, Oxon., (Kiln Road, RG9 4ES) 1  –    0   SU747787 ‘Henley Standard’ article 22.11.10 re demolition application but still on April 2011 ‘Street View’
Bishopstone, Swindon, Wilts (Sw. Hse, The Forty, SN6) 1   –  0   Demolished
Bisley, Gloucs. ( Swedale, Bisley Rd., Stancombe, GL6 7NF) 1  –    0 SO896068
Blyth, Notts., (Worksop Rd., S81 8DY) 1  –    1   SK624868
Boughton, Northampton, (Sw. Hs., Humfrey Lane, NN2 8RN) 3  –    0   SP753657
Boughton-Under-Blean, Faversham, K. (Colonels Ln., ME13 9SS) 0  –    1   TR061590
Bowers, Staffs (Bowers Lane, ST21 6RW) 1   –   0   SJ818355 one half of the pair extended and clad
Boynton, E. R. Yks. (Main Street, YO16 4XJ) 0  –    1 TA135684
Brandesburton, E. R. Yks. (Cedar Villas, Charters Ln., YO25 8QJ) 1  –    0 TA116475
Brixworth, Northampton, (Litchfield Cl., NN6 9PB) 0  –    2   SP745707
Brooke, Norfolk, (St Peter’s Rd., NR15 1LG) 1  –  11   TM292995 Most numerous English location?
Broom, Warks (Sw.Hse, Mill Lane, B50 4HR) 1   –  0   SP091534
Bunwell, Norfolk (Greenways/Bunwell St, NR16 1QZ) 0  –  4    TM122935  possibly also a clad house on Greenways
Cawthorne, Barnsley, S.Yks. (Lower Collier Fold, S75 4HT) 1  –    0   SE276082
Caxton, Cambridgeshire, (Brockholt Road, CB23 3PR) 0  –    2   TL303588
Cossington, Leics (Middlefield Road/Back Lane  LE7 4UT 0  –    4
Cottered, Herts (Peascroft, SG9 9QS) 0  –    5    TL324293
Coughton, Warwks., (Coughton Lane, B49 5HN 0  –    1   SP077602
Dormans Land, Surr. (Claridges Mead, Racecourse Rd., RH7 6PP) 0  –    3 TQ404428  Some alterations/extensions
Durrington, Wilts. (Meads Road, SP4 8DG) 2  –    2 SU150442  All brick clad
Ebrington, Glous., (New Rd., GL55 6NP) 0  –    1  SP189400
Egremont, Cumbria (Oaklands, CA22 2NX) 1   –   2 NY018079
Embleton, Nthumb. (Greyfield Estate, NE66 3XU) 1  –    2    NU229227  One house clad
Exhall, Warwks, (Swedish Houses, B49 6EA) 0   –   1    SP102552 Exhall nr. Alcester, not the one nr. Bedworth
Felton, Nthumb. (Davison Ave., NE65 9NH) 1  –    0 NU185009
Framlingham, Suff., (Dennington Rd., IP13 9JR) 2  –    0   TM279640 Both pairs look to have been clad
Gayton, Nhants. (Bugbrooke Rd., NN7 3EU) 0  –    1   SP700545 Being demolished 2017 following fire.
Godalming, Surrey (Quarry Rd., Hurtmore, GU7 2RW) 2  –    2 SU950450 Some clad
Gosforth, Cumbria (Whitecroft, CA20 1HL) 1  –    2   NY067034
Great Dunmow, Essex (Mill Cort, Little Canfield, CM6 1ST) 0  –    2 TL589213
Great Easton, Essex (Abbey View, Duton Hill, CM6 2EA) 4  –    0 TL603268
Great Ellingham, Norfolk, (Hingham Road, NR17 1HY) 1  –    3   TM018975 1 bungalow clad in brick
Great Hallingbury, Essex (The Grove, Church Rd., CM22 7TT) 0  –    4   TL520200
Grindale, E. R. Yks. (Mere Lane, Yo16 4XX) 0  –    1 TA131712
Hankelow, Cheshire E., (Audlem Rd., CW3 0JF) 0  –    2   SJ674458
High Melton, S.Yks., (Hangman Stone Lane, DN5 7TB) 2  –    0   SE507021
Hill, Rugby, Warwks., (Sw. Hs., CV23 8EA) 1  –    3   SP450671
Hook, Wilts. (Hook Street, SN4 8EF) 1  –    2 SU078848  Some cladding
Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath Sussex (Sw. Hses, Birchgrove Rd, RH17 7BL) 2   –   0   TQ387281
Hurst, Reading (Tape Lane, RG10 0DP) 0   –   3   SU797737 Due for demolition 2015
Impington, Cambs., (Hereward Close, CB24 9LS) 4  –    0   TL442633
Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, (Stocks Lane, CM15 0BL) 0  –    4   TQ578985 Several clad or substantially extended
Knighton, Staffs (Sw. Hse, Chapel Lane, TF9 4HN) 0   –   4   SJ730402
Knockin, Oswestry, Shrops., (Church View, SY10 8HH) 2  –    0   SJ333224
Lea, Herefs. (B4224 Stockholm Place, HR9 7LD) 0  –    2 SO658212
Leigh, Worcester, (Sw. Hs., WR6 5JZ) 1  –    0   SO773535
Leonard Stanley, Stonehouse, Glos (Sw. Hses, GL10 3PD) 1   –   0   SO798035
Little Billing, Nhants. (Valley Crescent, NN3 9AW) 0  –    2 SP805621
Little Brington, Nhants. ( Swedish Houses, NN7 4HT) 0  –    1 SP662639
Little Melton, Norfolk, (Mill Rd., NR9 3NX) 0  –    2   TG156070
Loddon,
Norfolk, (Leman Grove, NR14 6LT)
2   –   0   TM360982 1 pair appears to have horizontal planking
Long Preston, N. Yks. (Ribblesdale Estate, BD23 4RD) 0  –    2 SD832579
Loversall, Doncaster, S.Yks., (Bubup Hill, DN11 9DB) 0  –    1   SK574986
Lowsonford, Warwks. (Gifford Terr., Lapworth St., B95 5HQ) 0  –    1 SP186682
Ludgershall, Wilts., (Short Street, SP11 9RB) 3  –    0 SU270507
Lutterworth, Leics (Sw. Hses, Ullesthorpe Rd, LE17 4SD) 2   –   0   Demolished
Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon (Hook Street, SN4 8EF) 1    –  4  some brick clad
Lynstead Kent (Sw. Hses, Lynstead Lane, ME9) 2   –   0   TQ945611
Manuden, Essex (Claders Hill, CM23 1DA) 1  –    2 TL492261  One of each pair of B much altered
Market Weighton, E. R. Yks. (Hawling Rd., YO43 3JR) 1  –    2 SE877414 Houses clad
Marston Magna, Somerset, (Townsend, BA22 8BP) 0  –    1   ST590224
Methwold Hythe, Norfolk, (Constable Place, IP26 4QL) 0  –    2   TL712948
Milford, Surrey (Manor Fields, GU8 5EQ) 0  –   3   SU944427 2 pairs substantially altered
Molash, Ashford, Kent, (Pound Lane CT4 8HQ) 1  –    0   TR027514 1 extended over ‘wash house’
Monk Street, Essex (Mayes Place, CM6 2NT) 2  –    0 TL612287 One much altered
Murrow, Wisbech, Cambs., (Station Ave, PE13 4HE) 1  –    0   TF373065
Netherhaven, Wilts. (Court Farm Rd., SP4 9QU) 0  –    2 SU146490
Nettlebed, Oxon. (Sw. Hs., Park Corner, RG9 6DT) 0  –    1 SU692887
North Cave, Brough, E.Yks., (Station Rd, HU15 2LA) 1  –    3   SE896320
North Nibley, Gloucestershire (Sw. Hses, Barrs Lane, GL11 6DT) 1   –   1   ST742959
Norton, Doncaster, S.Yks., (Spittlerush Lane, DN6 9DU) 0  –    2   SE539154
Outwood, Surrey (Little Collins, Millers Lane, RH1 5QA) 2  –    2 TQ317453
Over Stratton, South Petherton, Som., (Sw. Hs., TA13 5LD) 3  –    0   ST436150
Painswick, Gloucs. (Parkfield Cottages, GL6 4SW) 1   –   2  SO873105
Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, W.Yks., (Millcroft, LS21 1LT) 1  –    3   SE245453
Preston, Stevenage, Herts., (Chequers Lane, SG4 7TX) 4  –    0   TL178250 www.prestonherts.co.uk – £65,000 in 1995
Pulham Market, Norfolk, (Mill Lane, IP21 4TN) 4  –    0   TM194865
Radford Semele, Warwks. (St. Nicholas Rd., CV31 1UM) 0  –    2 SP345640
Rawcliffe, Goole, E.Yks., (Westfield Rd., DN14 8RE) 0  –    3   SE687225
Ripley, Surrey (Georgelands, GU23 6DQ) 3  –    0 TQ046567  Some clad
Ruardean, Gloucs. (Pludds Court Rd., The Pludds, GL17 9TY) 0  –    2 SO616131
Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, (Sw. Hs., Oak Ridge, TN26 2PA) 0  –    2   TR026336
Sarratt, Watford, Herts., (Dawes Lane, WD3 6BB) 0   –   2   TQ040994
Saxton, Tadcaster, N.Yks., (Saxton Lane, LS24 9QD) 0  –    2   SE476369
Shalbourne, Wilts., (The Lynch/Rivar Rd., SN8 3PX) 1  –    2   SU317624
Shieldwich, Kent (Sw. Hse, North Street, ME13 0LW) 0   –   1   Demolished
Shorne, Kent, (Hollands Close, DA12 3EH) 3  –    0   TQ691711 1 clad
Shrewley, Warwks. (Shrewley Common/Hughes Hill, CV35 7AW) 1  –    0 SP215674 Horizontal planking! Otherwise standard E&W style.
Silkstone Common, S.Yks., (Moorends Lane, S75 4QZ) 1  –    0   SE294041 1 half/ 1 house of the pair demolished
Skirlaugh, E. R. Yks. (Holderness Villas on A165, HU11 5HH) 1  –    0   TA138398
Southmoor, Oxon (Latton Close, OX13 5AF) 1   –   3   SU400980
Stinchcombe, Dursley, Glous., (The Avenue, GL11 6AJ) 0  –    2   ST736991
Stoneleigh, Coventry, Warwks., (Birmingham Rd., CV8 3DB) 1  –    0   SP328728
Streatley, Luton, Beds (Sw. Cottages, Barton Rd LU3 3PU 0   –   1
Tadley. Berkshire (Sw. Hses, RG26 3PL) 1   –   2   SU604612 All clad, 1 extended over wash house
Teynham, Kent (Osier Road, ME9 9LS) 1   –   0   TQ961631
Thwing, E. R. Yks. (Main Street, YO25 3DS) 0  –    1 TA050700
Tidworth, Wilts. (A838 Pennings Rd., SP9 7JW) 0  –    3 SU234496
Tithby, Notts., (Dovecote Lane, NG13 8GT) 1  –    0   SK699369 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2589729
Twineham, Haywards Heath, Sus., (Church Lane, RH17 5NR) 0  –    1   TQ255198 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4124837
Uley, Gloucs. (The Knoll, South Street, GL11 5SR) 2  –    0 ST791983 All clad
Upper Harlestone, Nhants,  (Sw. Hs., NN7 4EU) 0  –    3   SP699637
Wales, Rotherham (Manor Rd., S26 5PD) 0  –    1 SK479832
Walgrave, Nhants, (Rectory Lane, NN6 9QJ) 0  –    2   SP802719
Welwick, E. R. Yks. (Humber Villas, Humber Lane, HU12 0SA) 0  –    2 TA343208
West Clandon, Surrey (Glebe Cottages, Epsom Rd., GU4 7RJ) 0  –    5 TQ047509
Wickham Market, Suffolk (Dallinghoo Rd. / The Cres., IP13 0RX) 7  –    6 TM298557 Most numerous English location? Majority clad
Winksley, Ripon, N.Yks., (Pine Croft, HG4 3NP) 0  –    4   SE252714
Wix, Essex, (Swedish Estate, Colchester Rd., CO11 2RS) 0  –    4   TM158282 1 pair converted into a single home
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucs. (Mount Pleasant, GL12 7JS) 0  –    2 ST761929
Wymeswold, Leics. (London Lane, LE12 6UB) 0  –    4 SK598233
Totals 109  -191  
Total number of homes 604  
Wales Pairs of H  –   B   O.S Grid Ref  Notes
Bontnewydd, Gwynedd (Dol Beuno, LL55 2UE) 0  –    3  SH482600  1 home original, 1 horizontal planking, 4 render clad
Gellilydan, Blaenau Ffestiniog (Coed-y-Llywn, LL41 4EN) 0    –  3  SH685395
Harlech, Gwynd, (Y Waun, Ffordd Morfa, LL46 2UN) 2  –    0   SH581316
Llanberis, Gwynd, (Maes Padarn, LL55 4TD) 4  –    0   SH579599 Some now clad/rendered/extended
Llanymynech, Powys (Bronwylfa, SY22 6HD) 0   –   2   SJ268216
Totals 6  –    8  
Total number of homes 28  
Scotland Pairs of   H  –   B Terraces   4H  – 6H O.S. Grid Ref Style and Notes
Aberdeen, (W. Cairncry Rd./Long Walk Rd. area, AB16 5LT) 16  –    4 13  –   0 NJ911078 2 & B1   Bungalows in Beech Rd are English style
Airdrie, N. Lans., (Colliertree Rd., ML6 7DR) 5  –    0 5  –    0 NS779659 2
Ardentinny, Argyll and Bute (Sw Hses, PA23 8TR) 0   –   6 B2 same type as Glenbranter
Ardrossan, N. Ayrs., (Weir Rd./St Margaret’s Rd., KA22 7EN) 11  –   0 0  –    0 NS238436 3
Ayr, S. Ayrs., (Westwood Ave., KA8 0RL) 3  –    0 6  –    0 NS359224 4
Bonnyrigg, Mdloth. (Viewbank Drive, EH19 2HS) 0  –    0 2  –    0 NT311657 4
Caol, Fort William, Highld., (Clunes Ave. area, PH33 7BJ) 17  –   0 16  –   0 NN107760 4
Carluke, S. Lans., (Burn Rd., Greenfield Rd., ML8 5DA) 38  –    0  0   –   0 NS846513 5
Castlebay, Bara Isle of, (Rathad Naomh Bhrianan, HS9 5XJ) 10  –    0 5   –   0 NL657983 4   style 4 but all clad (pebble dash?)
Cumnock, E. Ayrs., (Hearth Place/Rd., KA18 1JE) 15  –    0 3  –    0 NS567197 3
Dalavich, Ag & B., (Forestry Houses, PA35 1HN) 15  –    0 0  –    0 NM969127 6 Forestry Comm. , Finnish? – same style as Ford
Dundee (Helmsdale Cres., Place & Drive, DD3 0NH) 31  –    0 14  –    5 NO395338 4
Edinburgh, (West Pilton Place, EH4 4DG) 7  –    0 6  –   2 NT226760 4 An estate of 50 houses.
Edinburgh, (Sighthill Dr./Rise/Cres., EH11 4PZ ) 11  –    0 7  –    0 NT196703 4 An estate of 50 houses.
Embo, Highland (Inverview Terrace, IV25 3QB) 0  –    0 2  –    0 NH815928 4    Some clad and/or extended
Ford, Ag & B., (Forestry Houses, PA31 8RH) 3  –     0 0  –    0 NM868037 6 Forestry Comm. , “Finnish”
Fort William, Highld., (Grange Road, PH33 6JH) 1  –    0 3   –   0 NN096731 4
Glasgow, (Balornock area, G21 3NW) 57  –  0 39  –    6 NS618684 4 Estate of 300+ houses in 2s, 4s and 6s
Glenbranter, Strachur, Ag& B (Swedish Houses, PA27 8DJ) 0  –   7 0  –    0 NS112979 B2  Forestry Comm., Not same style as E & W Bs
Glencoe, Highld (The Carnoch/Lorn Dr., PH49 4HR) 4  –    0 3  –    0 NN098588 4
Inverness, Highld., (St. Valery Ave, IV3 5AX) 20  –   0 11  –    0 NH652446 4 An estate of 84 houses. (2 diff styles)
Kinlochleven, Highld., (Lovat/ Loch Eilde/Wades Rd., PH50 4RH) 15  –    0 5   –   0 NN191621 4
Kirkwall, Isle of Orkney, (Laverock Rd., KW15 1EE) 25  –    0 0   –   0 HY448104 4 Same style 4 but all clad (plywood sheeting)
Lasswade, Mdloth. (Melville View, EH18 1AE) 5  –    0 0  –    0 NT304659 4
Leverburgh, Isle of Harris, (Dunmore Cres., HS5 3TT) 3  –    0 3  –   0 NG016868 4 photo, ‘Prefab Homes’ page 48 (see footnotes)
Lochmaddy, Isle of N. Uist, (Dunrossil Pl./Cearsabhagh, HS6 5AB) 2  –    0 3  –    0 NF917684 4
Monkton, Sth. Ayrs., (Queens Dr./Charles Ave., KA9 2QS) 20  –    0 0  –    0 NS358281 3
Mossblown, Sth. Ayrs., (Southside Ave., KA6 5DQ) 8  –    0 0  –    0 NS404248 3 Also many which could be clad versions of style 6
Paisley, Rens. (Stockholm Cres., PA2 6TA) 4  –    0 6  –    3 NS485630 4
Polbeth, W. Loth. (Langside Crescent, Calder, EH55 8UW) 2  –   16 9  –    0 NT032644 4 & B1 (see also Polbeth listing in ‘Tip Offs’ section)
Portree, Isle of Skye, (Fraser Cres., IV51 9DR) 10  –    0 0  –     0 NG483440 4
Prestwick, S. Ayrs., (Doon Ave./Afton Ave., KA9 2AE) 9  –    0 8  –    0 NS350242 4
Stanley, P. & K. (Manse Crescent, PH1 4NZ) 0  –    3 0  –    0 NO105332 B1  ‘English/Welsh ‘style
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, (Portrona Dr. & Macleod Rd., HS1 2HF) 4  –    0 8   –   0 NB428337 4
Tarbert, Ag. & B. (Croft Park, PA29 6SZ) 4  –    0 0  –    0 NR859683 4    Poss. originally 5 pairs with middle pair rebuilt
Tranent, E. Loth. (Ormiston Rd., Windygoul Cres., EH33 2BA) 0  –  15 0   –   0 NT410723 B1 ‘English/Welsh ‘style
Totals 371  –  49 179  –  16
Total number of homes 1652

 

 ‘Tip offs’ – Not yet searched for/found or Unable to verify at moment – Grateful for any information

England       Notes
Bath, N.E. Som.,        
Chudleigh, Devon,      
Dittisham, Devon, (Orchard Park, The Level)       Different style
Eastling, Faversham, Kent, (Newham Ln., ME13 0AS)      
Framington Earl, Norwich, Norf., (Pigot Lane, NR14 7PX)      
Hungarton, Leicester, (Main St., LE&)      
Hungarton, Leics. (Baggrave Hall Rd., LE7)
Streetley, Beds., (off Luton Road) 0  –  1 TL077278 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/113899
Scotland  
Achnamara, Ag & B, (PA31 8PX) 0 –  15 0 – 0 NR779871 Forestry Comm.  Horizontal planking / different style
Ayr, S. Ayrs (Mainholm Rd.) Horizontal planking / different style
Bridgend, Carradale, Ag & B, NR796381 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/134731
Coatbridge, N. Lans (Ailsa Road) Not found on Google maps/earth
Dundee (Caird Park area, DD4 8AF) Different styles (7a & 7b?). Large estate
Eredine  Can’t find a settlement with this name
Glasgow (Northbank Av. / Westbourne Rd., G72 7TF) Horizontal planking / totally different style
Oban  Buildings not found on Google maps/earth
Polbeth, W. Loth. (Linfield Rd., Gardens, Ave., E55 8UF) 18 –  0 3  – 0 NT030643 Unique style not yet verified as ‘Swedish’
Port Ann  Can’t find a settlement with this name
Torlundy  Can’t find a settlement with this name
Ullapool, Highland  Buildings not found on Google maps/earth
Wishaw, N. Lans  Buildings not found on Google maps/earth


PREFAB HOMES
, Elisabeth Blanchet, published by Shire Library, ISBN-13: 978 0 74781 357 6

Footnotes to Listings

Place names in the alphabetical listings are all to be found in the widely available AA Road Map ‘Great Britain and Ireland’.

Metropolitan Borough or District Council names are used where applicable, e.g. – Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale or Kirklees rather than West Yorkshire.

Postcodes are for one of the properties, enough to find the location but not all properties will have the same code.

Ordnance Survey Grid References are for one of the properties, enough to find the location but not all properties will have the same reference

Numbers of pairs of houses (H), bungalows (B), terraces of four (4H) or six (6H) are often taken from Google Street View as accurately as possible.

All those listed are believed to be still standing unless otherwise stated. Sites of demolished homes will be recorded  with a note to that effect added.

 Reference

PREFAB HOMES, Elisabeth Blanchet, published by Shire Library, ISBN-13: 978 0 74781 357 6

 

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41 Comments

  1. Mary Walker

    Reply

    My husband lived in one of the swedish houses post war, possibly 1948 when they were newly built. Colliertree Road, Airdrie, Scotland. These houses are still standing. If you would like further information please let me know.

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  4. Robbie Murray

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    Just behind my old Primary School in Scotland, there is a little post-war estate known as ‘The Swedish Houses’: Doon Avenue, Prestwick, KA9 2AE,
    and Afton Avenue KA9 2AG.
    Also in Ayr: Westwood Avenue, KA8 0RL (low numbers on one side of street)

    • prefabmuseumsite

      Reply

      Thank you very much for the information, which we have passed on to Neil who is compiling the list. best wishes from the Prefab Museum

      • S Simpson

        Reply

        There are also some located near Westwood Avenue, on Mainholm Crescent, and Mainholm Road.
        There are also a few in nearby village Mossblown, on Southside Avenue.

  5. Amanda

    Reply

    Monkton South Ayrshire in Scotland has them too. Same style as Don Avenue Ka92ae . Also Dalmilling, Westwood Avenue in Ayr, the bungalow style ones are also situated on Mainholm Rd in Dalmilling Ayr as well. Mossblown in Ayr has them too same style as Doon avenue .

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  7. Lance moxon

    Reply

    I think there are some in staxton village , between barkston ash and tadcaster.
    Unfortunately I have not been there for many years so they may have been demolished.

  8. Kelly woodrow

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    I have recently moved in to a Swedish house in Loddon, Norfolk. I took over from the previous tenant who had lived in the property for more than 45 years. It still had tin bomb shelter in back garden. Ther are several more in our area at Brooke, Norfolk and Pulham, Norfolk. I love this house. It’s a wonderful piece of history and never realised until I found this sight there are so many still inhabited. Great sight:)

  9. Gary Williamson

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    I Have lived in my sweedish house in Carluke ML8 5BZ for 3-4 Years now still standing strong there is also ones in wishaw the ones in carluke how ever are now having insulation and rough casting done on them which should help preserve them i guess

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  11. Martin Cahn

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    I have sent a message separately via e-mail, but there are 8 semi-detached houses finished in black planking opposite my house at CB24 9LS – Impington, Cambs. 6 of the houses are substantially untouched apart from pvc windows, and one pair has been altered.

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Thank you very much for contacting us with the details of these houses. They are most unusual in having both vertical and horizontal planking, and appear to have been there since at least the early 1950s. We are intrigued!

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Thanks Stuart for the information! We will pass on to Neil who is compiling the list. best wishes

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Thank you for contacting us Michael. We will pass on the locations to Neil who is compiling the list!

  12. ML Smith

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    Just moved to HR9 7LD. Four Swedish built dormer houses in semi detatched arrangement. Actually addressed Stockholm Place. Very happy to have any confirmation of the history.

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Thank you very much for the information! Swedish houses and dormer bungalows were manufactured to Ministry of Works’ specification and shipped in prefabricated sections. There was a different specification in Scotland. The houses/bungalows were not part of the Temporary Housing Programme, but a separate programme of imports. Most were erected between 1947-8 in rural or semi-rural locations; Scotland commissioned a further programme in 1949. We hope you are happy with your Swedish house! best wishes from the Prefab Museum

  13. kerry taylor-holligan

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    NN7 3EU have two of the B1 dormer bungalows, They belong to my father and next door belongs to my late grandparents. Both houses will be set for demolition in the near future as a result of an electrical fire which has destroyed one and severely damaged the other, They are both a complete external replica of the blue wooden dormer from your pictures. Nice to have found this website which shares an appreciation of the houses and the history. sadly our history of them as homes is now over.

  14. Linda Sinclair

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    I live in one in Brooke, Norfolk, there are also some on Greenways , Bunwell, Norfolk

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Many thanks for the information Linda! We will add them to our map, and our list. Jane and Elisabeth

  15. Janet O'Brien

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    I grew up in a Swedish house in Balornock from 1960 and my mum lived there until we had to sell last December when she moved into a care home.

    I always look out for them on my travels. There are indeed some in Wishaw, and I have also seen them in Oban, Embo (just outside Dornoch) and Ullapool, all Scotland. None of these are listed here.

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Dear Janet

      Thank you for the information. Could you give us more detail of the locations in Ullapool and Wishaw – we found the Embo ones! We will pass the information to Neil who is compiling the list.

      best wishes

  16. Philip Clayden

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    We own half a Swedish Prefab at Park Corner, Nettlebed, Henley on Thames – you could RG9 6DT to your map! We have done a fair bit to it, and added an extension, but essentially it remains is as it was built with (mostly) new windows and added loft insulation.

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Thank you very much for the information Philip. Your Swedish prefab is now on our map and Neil is adding it to our list! best wishes Jane and Elisabeth

  17. Carol Smith

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    I lived in one in Tidworth. Our house was A Swedish bungalow design. There are 3 pairs of semi. Sp9 7JW. My Dad converted the out house to the kitchen in the 1970s. I believe others have followed. Near by in Short Street Ludgershall are three pairs of house. In Collingbourne are a pair of house. In Knap Close. A little further away in Neitheravon are some mor bungalows. Great site. I would love to find all them all.

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Thank you very much for the information and locations Carol! They are now on our map with a credit to you, and Neil is adding them to the list. best wishes Jane and Elisabeth

  18. Carol Smith

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    Hello Jane. It was good to meet you today at the Rural Life Centre Farnham.. As promised here is two other location of Swedish Houses. I have also added the correct addresses from my last post.

    21 Ribblesdale Estate, Long Preston , Nr Skipton, BD23 4RD, Bungalows, 2 pairs
    Mead Road, Durrington,, Near Salisbury, Wilts, SP4 8DG, Bungalow, houses, 2 pairs of each. All been given a brick external skin.
    From my last post:-
    Court Farm Road, Netheravon ,Nr Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 9QU. Bungalow 2 pairs. The rear of the building faces the road.
    Short Street, Ludgershall, Wilts, SP11 9NJ. houses, 3 pairs.

    Also I found this link to house in Norwich. You might already have it.

    http://my1940-swedish-timber-house.weebly.com/history.html
    If you could ask for information to do with obtaining a mortgage on these buildings, I would be grateful. As I said my Dad has lived in the house since 1964, He has to sell it to pay for his care and I would like to buy it.

    Best regards

    Carol

  19. Carol Smith

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  20. Carol Smith

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    Hello,,
    Just remembered about another village containing Swedish House.

    The Lynch, Shalbourne, SN83PZ. Bungalow, 2 pairs. One has an extension over the outhouse( kitchen).

    I think I have found some more:-
    2, Swedish Houses, Hankelow, Crewe, Cheshire East CW3 0JF. Bungalows, 2 pairs. One with a garage extension.

    I am still looking for the pair in Dorset, which were up for Auction last year. When I find them I will post the details.

    Carol

  21. Carol Smith

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    Hello again,
    I think I have found some more in Scotland:- 32 Langside Cres, Polbeth, Calder EH55 8UW. Houses and bungalow. House , 2 pairs,. Bungalow 16 pairs . Terrace of four houses 9 pairs. . I found them from this web site , about the refurbishment . https://edinhome.com/2015/10/27/polbeth-ewi-to-swedish-timber
    There are also some other timber building in Polbeth EH55 8UH, Limefield Ave. I am not certain they are prefabs, may be some one else can take a look.
    I am going to bed now, I hope fully I will not dream about Swedish houses.

    Carol

  22. Michael Bennington

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    about 4 pairs of semis in Gellilydan gwynedd LL41 4EN type B1 – chalet style, my wife owns one.

    • prefabmuseumsite

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      Dear Michael, thanks very much for the information! They are now on our map with a credit to you, and will be added to the list shortly. best wishes Jane and Elisabeth

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