Prefab Homes

Prefab Homes

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At the end of the Second World War Winston Churchill promised to manufacture half a million prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage; in the end more than 156,000 temporary `prefabs' were delivered. Nicknamed `Palaces for the People', and with convenient kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems, they proved popular and instead of being demolished as intended they were defended by residents who campaigned to keep their family homes and communities. Nearly seventy years later, as the last of these two bedroom homes are being demolished, Elisabeth Blanchet tells the story of these popular dwellings and their gardens and shows the various designs that were produced. Through the stories and memories of residents, she also reveals the communities who were pleased to live in the prefabs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 6mm | 120g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 b/w; 50 col
  • 0747813574
  • 9780747813576
  • 533,349

Table of contents

Introduction / Delivering Palaces for the People / Prefab Life / Seventy Years On / Regeneration Projects and Twenty-first-century Prefabs / Prefabs to Visit / Further Reading / Index
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About Elisabeth Blanchett

Elisabeth Blanchett writes on various topics, with a particular interest in prefabs, Gypsies and Travellers and photography. She has written articles about Gypsies for Travellers' Times, and about prefabs in Time Out and The Guardian 2.
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