I would like to report a small number of pre-fabricated “Arcon” houses, located around Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. I have currently located three prefabs, although only one still exists now.
A largely ruined example exists north of Packington, on Ashby Road, just South of the A42 (52°44’05.2″N 1°27’58.2″W). It appeared to have a tree growing out of the wall with the front door, completely destroying this wall, although the tree has now been cut down. The remains of a bed frame is also visible, through the wreckage. It appears to have been first acknowledged on OS maps sometime between 1967 and 1983.
A second example existed until last year, nestled behind the commercial premises of 11-13, Bath Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch (52°44’45.6″N 1°28’23.2″W). It had been used as an annexe of the business (a furniture shop), physically connected to the main building, and first acknowledged on OS maps in 1971. The shop is currently being converted to a restaurant, and an early planning application intended to retain the prefab, with an over-cladding added to improve its appearance. In reality, it was decided to demolish it and replace it with a more substantial building, which is what has happened.
A third example existed as a workshop at the back of Tudor Motors, New Packington (52°44’26.18″ N 1°27’11.90″ W), since demolished with the site’s redevelopment into housing.
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