“Those were the days my friend…….” Sam Webb, RIBA©

When I woke up on 6th June 1944 it didn’t seem like a special day. There was no radio in those days with a continuous stream of unfolding news and you couldn’t see the sky from our kitchen window. Switching the radio on was a special event. It was normally rationed for important events like…

A tribute to John De’Ath

We were sad to learn, from his granddaughter Lorraine, that John De’Ath was in hospital when we took a group from Lee Women’s Institute on a walk on 20th May which included a tour of his prefab garden. We learned later from Lorraine that her grandfather passed away on 22nd May 2017. John moved into…

Uni-Seco prefab, Irene Road, Fulham

Mapping post-war prefabs part 2 – industrial London

This blog post is something of a ramble, to start the new year. There is a lot of talk about gentrification, how London is not the same as it used to be. We have what is described as a housing crisis with overcrowding and homelessness on the rise, politicians tinkering with the notion of what…

Physical map at the Prefab Museum

Mapping Britain’s post-war prefabs

I started plotting the online prefab locations map nearly two years ago, a couple of months after we closed the Prefab Museum in Catford in November 2014. The physical map on the wall in the hallway was smoke damaged and I had to rely on photos we had taken of it, entries in the visitors’…

Prefab memories of north London

A prefab conversation in Tufnell Park

A lovely prefab conversation at the Lord Palmerston, Tufnell Park Three weeks ago, I met Catherine, Terence and Ben at the Lord Palmerston pub in Tufnell Park. They all used to live in prefabs in the area. I also used to live for years in Kentish Town and South End Green and had been aware…

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 Event – East End Canal Festival

Prefabs in the Park On Sunday 26th June 2016 we set up our prefabs stall and banner at the East End Canal Festival in London. The festival was organised as part of the East End Canal Heritage Project by Carolyn Clark and the Laburnum Boat Club, to celebrate 200 years of the rich heritage and…