5 things you didn’t know about prefabs

#Birmingham had many fine examples of prefab housing but like another utilitarian form of Brummie housing the back to back housing of courts built for the Industrial workers of a growing city Birmingham’ s prefab only have one example left in Wake Green Road on the border between Moseley and Hall Green which is now a museum

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“Prefabs” were temporary homes built in the factory at the close of the Second World War.

They were built to rehouse those who had lost their homes during the Blitz or servicemen coming back from the war and their young families. More than 156,000 were erected in no time all over the country in 1946 and 1947.

Prefab expert and author of our latest book ‘Prefabs: A social and architectural history’, Elisabeth Blanchet takes us through 5 things you may not already know: 

1. They were not slums

Prefabulous, post-war prefabricated homes in the UK A Uni-seco prefab on the Excalibur Estate, 2003 © Elisabeth Blanchet

To some people prefabs were and still are synonymous with tin boxes, cardboard houses or slums. Well, they are wrong! Prefabs were planned as early as 1942, three years before the end of the Second World War and in March 1944 when D-Day hadn’t even happened, Winston Churchill declared in a speech:…

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