Can you help us solve these prefab mysteries? We are tidying up the map prior to making it better, and taking out the prefab locations that we haven’t been able to verify. In the two years since we started we have mapped over 90,000 post-war prefabs of the 156,623 erected under the Temporary Housing Programme (Emergency Factory Made Homes).
There are several reasons why these particular locations cannot be verified, and in some cases we just don’t have enough information, so local knowledge would be useful!
- Maps for the relevant period are either too large scale or not available (or part of the map is missing/indistinct) for that period and the prefabs may have been demolished or dismantled in between map series.
- Where prefab bungalows (or other prefab types) appear on large scale maps (eg 1:10,560) it is not always possible to count them as they sometimes appear as solid blocks. The prefab bungalows and Swedish houses are distinctive and recognisable on the 1:1,250 and 1:2,500 scale maps.
- Permanent prefabs like BISF, Orlit and Airey houses, and the semi-detached Hawksley BL8 bungalows, cannot be easily distinguished from other semi-detached houses or terraces on any maps.
When we started the map we put in some curiosities like the interwar Nissen-Petren houses near Yeovil, and the Balnakiel Craft Village which is housed in prefabs. However they don’t really fit with the post-war prefab bungalows erected under the Temporary Housing Programme which the Prefab Museum was set up to celebrate and commemorate. We have also removed general information about an area, for example the total number of prefabs, or incorporated it into other markers.
We will keep a separate list of the curiosities and permanent prefabs that we were told and know about, and include this information on a section of the website. Permanent prefabs for example BISF houses have their own website https://bisfhouse.com/ with information and lists of streets where they still exist.
If you have information, please let us know by leaving a comment on this post or email email@example.com
|Silver Hill, Winchester||St Clements surgery was a group of prefabs just below the law courts. Comment on http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/yoursay/blogs/talking_shop/11333227.Winchester_Will_Never_Be_The_Same/|
|Torbreck Street, Glasgow||http://www.theglasgowstory.com/image/?inum=TGSE01308&t=2|
|Underhill, Barnet||Source visitor to museum|
|Barton Road, Farnworth||Source http://www.boltonrevisited.org.uk/s-n-bury-s-wordsworth.html|
|Fleurs Place, Elgin||45 prefabs demolished mid-1960s. Source http://www.forres-gazette.co.uk/Features/Memory-Lane/Dancing-to-mark-leap-year-7701848.htm|
|Kenilworth Crescent, Greenock||Prefabs located nearby http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/13993148.Sweet_summer_fun_for_ice_cream_kids/|
|Bucknall, Woodhall Spa|| Chell Heath, Bucknall, and Trent Vale sites. Permanent Aluminium Bungalows.
A scheme for the erection of permanent aluminium bungalows for miners on the Chell Heath and Bucknall sites. To which approval had been given by the Ministry of Health, came before the Stoke-on-Trent City Council.There was a recommendation by the Housing Committee to accept an offer of 50 British Iron and Steel Federation houses, to be erected in Trent Vale and let mainly to miners. These houses went under the name of “Dyke” houses. Source http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/coalface/Housing/housing1947a.htm
|Thornliebank, Glasgow||Source: May Gleed who lived in a prefab from 1946-52, Facebook|
|Pinfold Lane, Southport||Southport’s first prefab. Source: http://www.southportgb.co.uk/showthread.php?t=50392223&page=1|
|Bryncethin, Bridgend||Source visitor to museum who lived here from 1954-5|
|Longfellow Drive, Bridgend||Now the Bryntirion Estate Source Britain from above 1947 http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/waw006831?name=Glamorgan&gazetteer=Glamorgan&COUNTY=Glamorgan&view=list&ref=934|
|Sullington Copse, Sullington RH20||Indeterminate number of prefabs due to map scale https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/509476/114926/10/101324|
|Blackmill, Bridgend||Source http://www.francisfrith.com/blackmill/train-breakdown_memory-335661|
|Castle View Road, Bilston||Source http://www.francisfrith.com/tipton/bradley-bilston-and-stowlawn_memory-386301|
|Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire||5 prefab Dorran homes 51 and 53 North Street, 1 and 2 Park View and 2 Market Street demolished 2011-12 Source: http://www.banffshire-journal.co.uk/Banff/Postwar-prefabs-to-make-way-for-new-homes-915.htm|
|Carter Street, Hyde||With photos of AIROH prefabs under construction. Source: http://hydonian.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/st-stephens-church-lads-brigade-1953.html http://hydonian.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/prefabs-in-hyde.html|
|Harbour Crescent, Harwich||Norwegian prefab homes sent as a gift after the 1953 floods. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-21447467|
|Shellbeach Road, Canvey Island||Earliest map 1958 https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/580857/182821/12/100954 Many prefabs were destroyed in the 1953 floods http://www.shrimperzone.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-57256.html|
|South Cave, Yorkshire||12 prefabs erected. Source Hansard|
|Godley, Hyde||Prefabs were a familiar site in at least three areas of Hyde by 1950. The smallest site was at the bottom end of Water Street, where the Manchester Evening News once had a small distribution centre, with only four Prefabs. The largest two sites were at Carter Street (Tin Town) and the old Brickyard area of Godley Source http://hydonian.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/prefabs-in-hyde.html|
|Barking Park, Barking||reference to Nissen huts on Barking Park http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/object/digital-photographs-of-the-evans-family-taken-at-the-former-military-or-nissan-hut-where-they-lived-in-barking-park-dagenham-circa-1945-1950/|
|Jardine Crescent, Coventry||Source http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/guglielmomeardi/entry/george_shaws_tile/|
|Knowsley Village prefabs, Knowsley||Comprising Homer Rd, Penrhyn Rd, Wheat Rd, Croft Rd, Alt Rd and Roach Avenue, the area is now an industrial estate. Demolished in the 1960s. Source: http://history.knowsley.gov.uk/guestbook/2001/ http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ENG-LIVERPOOL/2005-07/1120513384|
|Eskdale Drive, Jarrow NE32||43 Prefabs (2 storey Tarrans) to be refurbished 2015. Source: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/community/prefab-homes-residents-win-fight-for-1-7million-improvements-1-7106626|
|Maesgeirchen, Bangor||Source http://www.francisfrith.com/maesgeirchen/pre-fabs_memory-136311 http://www.francisfrith.com/maesgeirchen/maesgeirchen-prefabs_memory-289061|
|Clee View, Ludlow, SY8||Not sure if the prefabs are still there or if they have been reclad. Also Airey houses, some reclad.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prefab._-_geograph.org.uk_-_148108.jpg|
|Mamhilad, Pontypool||Mamhilad, Pontypool|
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