Swedish Post-War Prefabricated Houses – location list (updated 23 March 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.  Many were erected in Scotland, and quite a lot are still up and lived in, in various locations across the UK. There are basically 3 types of Swedish prefabs; Bungalow (with dormer), House (with washhouse) which are both semi-detached, and a slightly different type in Scotland constructed as semis and terraces of four to six houses – none of these houses appear to have ‘washhouses’. Unless they have been re-clad, they all have distinctive vertical wooden exterior planking. One pair of dormer bungalows in Ellers Lane, Auckley, Doncaster is listed Grade II by Historic England.

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! Please leave a comment on this post, alternatively email prefabmuseum@gmail.com

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.

Swedish timber dormer bungalow, semi-detached, Cambridgeshire

Swedish timber dormer bungalow, semi-detached, Cambridgeshire

Swedish timber house (archive Sid Cat)

Swedish post war prefab houses (Scotland)

Swedish timber houses (Scotland)

 

England

Pairs of

H & B

Terraces  Grid Ref Road Map Notes
Abington Pigotts, Cambs., (High Street, SG8 0SN)

0   &   1

    17,R3 1 extended over wash house
Abbots Langley, Herts., (Trowley Rise, WD5 0RJ)

1   &   2

    17,N10 The first to be constructed. Article in ‘Townsville Daily Bulletin’ (Australia) on 3.11.1945
Auckley, Doncaster, S. Yorks. (Ellers Lane, DN9 3HY)

0   &   1

 SE651012 32,F7 Historic England listing 1392257 (19.9.2007)
Barkestone-le-Vale, Leics (Chapel  St., NG13 0HN)

2   &   2

  24,H3
Barnby Dun, Doncaster, S.Yorks. (Brosley Ave., DN13 1AQ) 2   &   0  SE620093 32,F6  1 half of 1 pair extended and clad
Binfield Heath, nr Henley-o-T, Oxon (Kiln Road, RG9 4ES)

1   &   0

  16,H14 ‘Henley Standard’ article 22.11.10 re demolition application
Boughton, Northampton (Sw. Hs., Humfrey Lane, NN2 8RN)

3   &   0

  24,H14
Boughton-Under-Blean, Faversham (Colonels Ln., ME13 9SS)

0   &   1

  11,P9
Brixworth, Northampton (Frog Hall/Litchfield Cl., NN6 9DH)

0   &   2

  24,H13
Brooke, Norfolk (St Peter’s Rd., NR15 1LG) 1   &  11 TM292995 27,R9 Most numerous English location?
Cawthorne, Barnsley (Lower Collier Fold, S75 4HT)

0   &  1

SE276082 31,U6
Caxton, Cambridgeshire (Brockholt Road, C23 3PR)

0   &   2

  25,R16  V
Ebrington, Glous., (New Rd., GL55 6NP) 0   &   1 SP189400 15,V3
Framlingham, Suff. (Dennington Rd., IP13 9JR)

2   &   0

  19,R3 Both pairs look to have been clad
Great Ellingham, Norfolk (Hingham Road, NR17 1HY)

1   &   3

  27,M9 1 bungalow clad in brick
Hankelow, Ches E., (Audlem Rd., CW3 0JF)

0   &   2

  22,G1
High Melton, S.Yks. (Hangman Stone Lane, DN5 7TB) 2   &   0 SE507021) 32,D7
Hill, nr Rugby, Warwks., (Sw. Hs., Birdingbury Rd., CV23 8EA)

1   &   3

  24,D14
Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex (Stocks Lane, CM15 0BL) 0   &   4 TQ578985 18,F13 Several clad or substantially extended
Knockin, Oswestry, Shrops., (Church View, SY10 8HH)

2   &   0

SJ333224 29,T14
Leigh, Worcester (Sw. Hs., WR6 5JZ)

1   &   0

  15,N1
Loversall, Doncaster (Bubup Hill, DN11 9DB)

0   &   1

  32,E8
Marston Magna, Yeovil, Somerset (Townsend, BA22 8BP)

0   &   1

ST590224 7,L7
Methwold Hythe, Norfolk (Constable Place, IP26 4QL) 0   &   2 TL712948 26,H10
Molash, Ashford, Kent (Pound Lane CT4 8HQ)

1   &   0

  11,P6 1 extended over ‘wash house’
Murrow, Wisbech (Station Ave, PE13 4HE)

1   &   0

  25,S8
North Cave, Brough, E.Yks. (Station Rd, HU15 2LA) 1   &   3 SE896320 32,K2
Norton, Doncaster, S. Yks (Spittlerush Lane, DN6 9DU)

0   &   2

  32,E5
Over Stratton, South Petherton, Som. (Sw. Hs., TA13 5LD)

3   &   0

  6,J8
Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, W. Yks. (Millcroft, LS21 1LT)

1   &   3

SE245453 36,F16 V
Pulham Market, Norfolk (Leman Grove, NR14 6LT) 4   &   0 TM194865 27,Q11
Preston, nr Stevenage, Herts. (Chequers Lane, SG4 7TX)

4   &   0

  17,Q6 www.prestonherts.co.uk – £65,000 in 1995
Rawcliffe, Goole, E.R. Yorks. (Westfield R., DN14 8RE)

0   &   3

  32,H4
Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent (Sw. Hs., Marsh Rd., TN26 2NZ)

0   &   2

  11,P9
Sarratt, nr Watford, Herts. (Dawes Lane, WD3 6BB)

0   &   2

  17,N10
Saxton, Tadcaster, N. Yorks (Saxton Lane LS24 9QD)

0   &   2

SE476369 32,D2
Shalbourne, Marlborough, Wits., (Sw. Hs., SN8 3PX)

1   &   2

  8,F1
Shorne, Kent (Hollands Close, DA12 3EH)

2   &   0

  10,J3 1 clad
Silkstone Common, S.Yks. (Moorends Lane, S75 4QZ) 1   &   0 SE294041 31,U7 1 half/ 1 house of the pair demolished
Stinchcombe, Dursley, Glous., (The Avenue, GL11 6AJ) 0   &   2 ST736991 15,N10
Stoneleigh, Coventry, Warwks., (Birmingham Rd., CV8 3BD)

1   &   0

  23,R13
Tithby, Notts., (Dovecote Lane, NG13 8GT) 1   &   0  SK699369 24,G3 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2589729
Twineham, Haywards Heath, Sus. (Church Lane, RH17 5NR)

0   &   1

 TQ255198 10,C12  http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4124837
Upper Harlestone, Northampton (Sw. Hs., NN7 4EU)

0   &   3

  24,G15
Walgrave, Northampton (Rectory Lane, NN6 9QJ)

0   &   2

  24,J13
Winksley, Ripon, Nth Yorks (Pine Croft, HG4 3NP)

0   &   4

SE252714 36,F11 V
Wix, Essex (Swedish Estate, CO11 2RS) 0   &   4 TM158282  19,P9 One pair of dormer bungalows converted to one home
Totals

44  & 77

 
Total number of homes

242

Wales 

Pairs of

H & B

Terraces  Grid Ref Road Map Notes
Harlech, Gwynd (Y Waun, Ffordd Morfa, LL46 2UN) 2   &   0 SH581316 28,G13
Llanberis, Gwynd, N. Wales (Maes Padarn, LL55 4TD)

4   &   0

SH579599 28,G8 V Some now clad/rendered/extended

Totals 

6   &   0

       

Total number of homes

12

       
           
Scotland

Pairs of

H & B

Terraces  4-6H           

Grid Ref  Road Map Notes
Airdrie (Colliertree Road, ML6 7DR)

5  &  0

5  – 0 One half of one now clad. Information from Mary Parker via the website
Ayr (Westwood Ave., KA8 0RL)

3  &  0

6  – 0  43,T13
Bara Isle of, (Rathad Naomh Bhrianan, Castlebay, HS9 5XJ) 10  –   0   5   –   0 NL657983 56,a9  Same style but all clad (pebble dash?)
Caol, Fort William (Clunes Ave. area, PH33 7BJ) 17  –   0 16  –    0 NN107760 49,N3
Cumnock, E. Ayrs. (Hearth Place/Rd., KA18 1JE) 15  –   0 3  –    0 44,F13
Edinburgh (West Pilton Place, EH4 4DG)

7  &  0

6  –   2

  45,Q4 An estate of 50 houses.
Edinburgh (Sighthill Dr., Rise, & Cres., EH11 4PZ )

11  &  0

7  – 0

  45,Q5 An estate of 50 houses.
Fort William (Grange Road, PH33 6JH) 1   –   0 3   –   0 NN096731 49,N4
Glasgow (Balornock, G21 3NW)

57  &  0

39  – 6 ?

  44,G5 To be verified but appears to be an estate of 300+ houses in 2s, 4s and 6s
Glencoe (The Carnoch, Lorn Dr., PH49 4HR) 4  –    0 3  –    0 NN098588
Harris Isle of, (Dunmore Cres., Leverburgh/An t-Ob, HS5 3TT) 3  –    0 3  –    0 NG016868 56,c4 photo, ‘Prefab Homes’ page 48 (see notes)
Inverness estate (St Mungo Rd, St Ninian Drive, St Valery Drive, St Andrews Drive) IV3 5AT

20  &  0

11  – 0

   53,S7 An estate of 84 houses.
Kinlochleven (Lovat, Loch Eilde & Wades Rd., PH50 4RH) 15  –    0 5   –   0 NN191621 49,P6
Mossblown, Sth. Ayrshire (Southside Ave., KA6 5DQ) 8 &  0   0  –  0
Monkton, Sth. Ayrshire (Charles Ave., KA9 2QS) 4 & 0 0 – 0 44,C12
Mossblown, Sth. Ayrshire (Southside Ave., KA6 5DQ) 8 &  0   0  –  0
Orkney Isle of (Laverock Rd., Kirkwall, KW15 1EE) 25  &  0 0   –   0  HY448104  58,c4  Same style but all clad (plywood sheeting)
Prestwick, Ayr (Doon Ave., Afton Ave., KA9 2AE)  9 & 0  8 – 0     44,C12
Skye Isle of, (Fraser Cres., Portree, IV51 9DR) 10  &  0   0  –   0  NG483440  59,f9

Totals

228  –   0

128  –   8

     

Total number of homes

1016

     

 

‘Tip offs’ Unable to verify at moment – Grateful for any information

Pairs of

H & B

 Terraces  4-6H       Grid Ref Road Map Notes
ENGLAND
Bath    15
Bishopstone, Swindon (SN6)    7T6
Bowers, Standon, Staffs (ST21 6RW)  22J3 Pos 1pB i/d on aerial view but no street view
Chudleigh, Devon    3Q3
Dittisham, Devon (Orchard Park, The Level)  3,Q7  Different style
Eastling, Faversham, Kent (Newham Ln., ME13 0AS)    11N6
Framington Earl, Norwich, Norf., (Pigot Lane, NR14 7PX)    27R8
Hungarton, Leicester (Baggrave Hall Rd., LE7)   24G8
Hungarton, Leicester (Main St., LE&)  24G8
Little Brington, Northampton (NN7 4HT)    24G15 Not found on Google maps/earth
Streetley, Beds (off Luton Road)  0 & 1 TL077278 17N5 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/113899 Appear to have horizontal planking?
 
SCOTLAND
Bridgend, Carradale, Argyll, Scotland NR796381  42K10 http//www.geograph.org.uk/photo/134731 Appear to have horizontal planking?
Strachur, Cairndow, Scotland (PA27 8DJ)   49N15 Not found on Google maps/earth

Notes

Where a full Postcode is given it is for one of the properties, enough to find the location but not all properties will have the same code.

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, until …..

V indicates verified by on ground visit

Road Map’ refers to the widely available AA road atlas

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

Photo of Swedish dormer bungalow Jane Hearn

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10 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.

  2. Reply

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  4. Robbie Murray

    Reply

    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

    Reply

    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:)

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