The prefab – Homes for Heroes

During the Second World War, the UK lost tens of thousands of homes, either destroyed or made unihabitable due to damage; some where even lost to ‘friendly fire’ when they became part of army firing ranges or were demolished to make way for vital airfields. The result was a Ministry of Works programme to build prefabricated homes (or ‘prefabs’ as they became known). The cost (in 1945) ranged between £663 – £1,161 Sterling , and there were several types, including a steel-tubed framed house, a timber with asbestos cladding model, and an aluminium design. Here you can see a fine example of the last one. This house used to stand in Llandinam Crescent, Cardiff, but was removed, and re-erected at St Fagan’s, as part of the National History Museum of Wales collection. Prefabs were supposed to only last around 15 years, but a number survived into the 1960s and 70s. I can remember visiting a school friend who lived in one, and they were quite comfortable inside. When local government tenants were eventually asked to move out into newer housing, many resisted. There are a few still standing (in Hall Green, Birmingham, for example) mainly due to the fact that Preservation Orders have been enforced; these are now recognized as being nationally significant buildings.

2 comments on “The prefab – Homes for Heroes”

  1. Nice…
    When the US Government helped out with Hurrican Katrina victims, they sent them trailers, for the price of $100,000 each. And these pre-fab trailers were supposedly laced with absestos.

    Sometimes, governement is not so smart.


    • Thanks…I really enjoy visiting museums (they were a big part of my life), and I’ll be featuring more museum pictures, later


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