Paperback Prefabs : a social and architectural history / Elisabeth Blanchet, Sonia Zhuravlyova.
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: Swindon : Historic England,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781848023512 (pbk.) :
As slums were cleared after the Blitz, there was a pressing need for housing. Successive governments championed prefabrication as a speedy solution. The resulting bungalows with slightly pitched roofs, pretty gardens and all the mod cons became home to hundreds of thousands of people around the country, often those who had not previously had the luxury of hot running water or a fridge. No wonder, then, that they became so loved. These squat little homes were meant to last just a decade - a mere stopgap as the country got back on its feet - but many of the prefabs are still standing, with residents often fighting to hold on to them. This book recounts residents' first hand experiences - from the first time they laid eyes on their prefabs to their attempts to hold on to their 'little castles' beyond their designated 'temporary' timeframe.
212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm