Mottingham Prefabs

Me and my 2 brothers behind our prefab. Mottingham, London, SE9
Keith Hogwood

I lived in a prefab in Mottingham SE9 with my mother, father and 3 brothers. We lived 9 Nutton Road. The photo I attach was of me and 2 brothers, Brian and Paul. I don’t think brother Roger had arrived at the time the photo was taken. The photo would have been taken with a Brownie box camera. Adjoining our back garden was a field in which I spent many a happy hour hunting grasshoppers and butterflies. I would capture them and keep them in a jam jar with some grass, for a short while before releasing them. I would also fish for Sticklebacks in the nearby River Quaggy. Almost opposite us was the Chinbrook Pub and off-licence (still there I believe). At the front of our prefab was an area of shrubs, where we used to play hide-and-seek. Next door lived Jim Slade and his wife. I think Jim was originally from Wales. On the corner was a boy named Billy. My brother Brian was the oldest of the boys, and he had a friend named Norman King. I went to Marvels Lane Primary School. Miss Coutts was the headmistress. Our class teacher was Mr Parkin. We left the prefab when I was about 14 or 15 and moved to Eliot Bank, Forest Hill. I understand that the prefabs were demolished in 1961. It would be wonderful if somebody out there lived in Mottingham prefabs, and got in touch. I just have the one photograph unfortunately. The other roads on the estate were Stound Road and Houseland Road (i’m looking at an old A-Z atlas)

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  • I lived in the prefab estate from 1947 – 1958. My family then moved to the Downham Estate in 1960.
    We lived at No 56 Stound Road with my parents, 3 brothers and a sister – our immediate neighbours were a blind couple plus the Pace family, the Jills family and the Keebles – all I can remember.
    I went to Marvel’s Lane Primary School from 1947, then Kings Park Secondary Modern and Eltham Green Comprehensive.
    I have many pleasant memories of my time at the prefabs, including constant hot water and an inside toilet and made many friends. I also had a paper round and worked for Mr Brown, the milkman before going to school.
    A pleasant place to grow up! Unfortunately, I have no photos from that time that include the prefab.
    I now reside in Australia and have been back several times to visit old haunts.

    By Terence (Terry) Sillett (17/07/2021)

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