Can you help solve these prefab mysteries?
The map has been re-launched, and there are still some mystery prefabs left! In the three years since the map was started, over 125,000 post-war prefabs of the 156,623 erected under the Temporary Housing Programme (Emergency Factory Made Homes) have been identified and verified.
There are several reasons why these particular locations cannot be verified, and in some cases there is just not 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 1:10,560 or above scale maps it is not possible to count them as they 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, Airey houses and Cornish Units, and the semi-detached Hawksley BL8 bungalows, cannot be easily distinguished from other semi-detached houses or terraces on any maps. Recent information has revealed that many thousands are still occupied, across the UK.
When I started the map I 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. I have also removed general information about an area, for example the total number of prefabs, or incorporated it into other markers.
I will keep a separate list of the curiosities and permanent prefabs that the Prefab Museum has been 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 leave a comment on this post or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|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/|
|Underhill, Barnet||Source visitor to museum|
|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|
|Sullington Copse, Sullington||Indeterminate number of prefabs due to map scale https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/509476/114926/10/101324|
|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|
|Godley, Hyde||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. 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|
|Mamhilad, Pontypool||Mamhilad, Pontypool Source http://www.francisfrith.com/mamhilad/glyn-hall_memory-104271|