One Arcon story

This is the story of an Arcon MkV prefab. We don’t know where it was originally located or who lived in it. Its journey starts as a dismantled prefab offered as Government surplus. Purchased by Tilhill Forestry, then based at Tilford in Surrey, the Arcon was brought into use as a bonded tobacco warehouse. Tillhill…

Prefabs in the Outer Hebrides

The first time I went to The Outer Hebrides was in May 2009. I remember perfectly. I was there for work. We were shooting a story on minks for a French TV channel. I was smitten by the beauty of the place and by its diversity: long and wild beaches, mini fjords, standing stones from…

Prefabs in North Derbyshire

In 2005, I was contacted by a prefab enthusiast, Graham Burton, who lived in a prefab in North Wingfield, North Derbyshire. Passionate about the prefab he had bought in the 90s, he had collected lots of information about prefabs, their history, their location … He had found out about my documenting work on prefabs through…

Swedish Post-War Prefabricated Houses – location list (updated 25 April 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. The houses were imported from Sweden at the end of WW2.  Many were erected in Scotland,…

Moving Prefab exploration: Le Chateau (de Crittall), and prefabs in Silver End, Essex

Down a rural Essex country lane is Silver End. The history of Silver End is a fascinating one, beginning in the 1880s when Francis Henry Crittall, the son of an ironmonger in Braintree, began to manufacture metal windows. The company became very successful, and in 1926 Silver End Model Village was established for factory workers…

Moving Prefab exploration – a prefab in south London

A lovely morning with John De’Ath, prefab resident in Brockley, South London For the last year, Jane and I have been passing John’s very well preserved prefab on Drakefell Road once a month while taking enthusiasts on a Brockley-Nunhead prefab tour. Although we did spend a certain amount of time admiring John’s prefab from the…

Moving Prefab Museum Exploration – Ipswich Tarrans

While exploring locations of prefabs online earlier this year, we came across an article in the Ipswich Star from January 2014. A group of prefab residents had gained the support of their local councillors in Rushmere ward to renovate rather than demolish their homes. The article led to a blog post by Alasdair Ross, one…

Moving Prefab Museum Exploration – Wake Green Road, Birmingham, listed prefabs

              On 3 June 2016 we travelled to Birmingham to meet Lou from 20th Century Society West Midlands and Simon and Vicki from the Birmingham Conservation Trust. We visited the Grade II listed Phoenix prefabs in leafy, suburban Wake Green Road, Moseley. 16 were listed by English Heritage (now…

Moving Prefab Museum – Prefab Scouts and prefab locations

Sid who regularly contributes to our Facebook page was passing through Stoneleigh in Warwickshire when he came across two types of prefab opposite each other, and shared them with us! The single storey Tarran prefab is currently used as a changing room, and the Swedish Timber prefab is still lived in. Maybe you can help…

Moving Prefab Museum Archive – submissions and puzzles!

This photo was emailed to us by John via a friend on 6 July 2016. He wanted to know what sort of prefabs they are. They were in Martin Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. This is what he said: “Attached a scan of an original negative showing a section of the old Martin Avenue, Mountsorrel. (The roads…

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