Braintree & Bocking Prefabs (and Hutton) – guest blog post by Braintree historian Mike Bardell

Mike Bardell contacted the Prefab Museum by email on 10th October 2017. He had met someone who had been to a talk and offered to write about prefabs in Bocking and Braintree, Essex for our project. The copyright of aerial photographs belongs to Michael Bardell, Braintree, Essex and acknowledgements must also be made to Simmons…

Swedish house front view

SWEDISH POST-WAR PREFABRICATED HOUSES, a narrative by Neil Midgley

By the end of World War Two there was a severe shortage of housing in Britain. Under the Housing (Temporary Accommodation) Act 1944, the Ministry of Works was to provide 500,000 ‘Emergency Factory Made’ (i.e. prefabricated) homes to tackle the shortage. In fact, only around 160,000 were built including a number of Swedish Baltic pine…

“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…

A prefab “entente cordiale”!

I was recently scouting for prefabs in Brittany with my friend Mickaël, the director of Mémoire de Soye – a micro-museum which has 3 re-assembled post-war prefabs just outside Lorient-. He had spotted about 8 or 9 UK 100 (American type) prefabs in Carhaix, Finistère on Google street view and wanted to see them in…

33 & 34 Millcroft Estate, Pool-in-Wharfedale

Swedish Post-War Prefabricated Houses – location list (updated 18 November 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. You can read Neil’s narrative about Swedish houses here and an abridged version in the latest issue of…

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…