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Prefabs

Charlie

knows nowt
Do the prefabs still exist in Perry Barr (Aldridge Road or Walsall Road area) and if so, are there any still occupied?.
I remember visiting one in the late fifties and, for temporary buildings, they were very comfortable. The height of luxury for me (indoor lavvies!!!!).
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
I think the only prefabs left in Birmingham are located in Cole Valley Road Hall Green.

cheers

pmc1947
 

jude

master brummie
There is quite a little eatate of them off Gressel lane, Kitts Green, quite a few have been bought therefore have had a brick shell built around them and very smart they look too.
 

Rupert

master brummie
Pre-fabrication is coming back into fashion in Canada. Still using wood which is traditional here, the houses are constructed in sections, including windows, which are then shipped to the site foundation on large flatbed truck trailers and bolted together. This method results in better quality control and dimensional accuracy also speed of constructin. Insulation, wiring and piping can be included in the pre-construction. I was in a couple of the old prefabs just after the war and as already stated they were OK. Hmmm indoor lavs.
 

sylviasayers

master brummie
My sister-in-law and her husband moved to a prefab in Shady Lane, Great Barr in the 1950s, we all envied them at the time. If anyone wants to see how the prefabs looked in their original state there are a couple at the Avoncroft Museum site.
 

Di.Poppitt

master brummie
We drove past a row of them a few weeks ago, they had brick cladding, I think we were driving from Witton around the back of Brookvale Road towards Stockland Green.
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
I beg you pardon Charlie, I stand corrected it was Wake Green Rd that I meant, not Cole Valley Road. Well I was close!

cheers

pmc1947
 

Charlie

knows nowt
None around the Perry Barr area anymore though? I know they were built to temporarily ease the housing shortage - but I thought they would last forever, and everyone I knew that lived in one always liked them. That's maybe because of the housing they moved from, of course!
 

Anne Jessel

master brummie
Prefabs in Hollywood?

Here is a picture of Prefabs in Druids Lane Hollywood.

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(Replacement image 23/3/16)
Where is Hollywood? (apart from the obvious!)
Anne

Tongue Twister
Peggy Babcock's knapsack straps
Freshly fried fresh flesh
 
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billc

Guest
Anne
Hollywood Is Near To Wythall. Close To Kings Norton.maypole .warstock.
 

pudsey

gone but not forgotten
Anne,Druids Lane is part of Druids Heath estate at the Maypole.The lane forms the southern border of the city

Colin
 

spooner

master brummie
My earliest childhood memories are when we lived in a prefab in Lenton Croft, South Yardley, off Clay Lane, in the very early 1950s. Not only did they have indoor toilets, they had fridges too.
For some reason we moved to the Hobmoor Road area, (Yew Tree end) before the coronation, but the opposite side of Hobmoor Road, bordering the park, had a lot of prefabs and some of my playmates lived there.
Our house, in a 'grove' off Hobmoor Road had an outside toilet, and boy, did the seat get cold in the winter!

Spooner :)
 
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Wendy

Guest
That photo has triggered some memories my friend lived in a prefab at the top of Four Oaks Common Road in the 60's. I remember it was so neat and clean and very cosy.
 

pudsey

gone but not forgotten
There were 3 main construction types of small houses built during the 1944-48 period under the Temporary Housing Programme, these are the ones most of us would have called prefabs.
1. Constructed of aluminium metal, separate units were welded together
2. All timber
3. Pre-cast concrete on a wooden frame.

Asbestos would certainly have been used,both as a fibre and as a board for its sound deafening and fire resistant characteristics.
Many prefabs were demolished before the laws regarding asbestos disposal were brought in and most of the buried asbestos that turns up in old refuse tips are the result of this demolition rubble.
Churchill promised 500,000 homes built to a Government standard, when the programme ended after 4 years in 1948, 156,623 had been built; they stopped building them as they were considered too expensive at an average of £1,324 each.

Colin
 

coopbill7

very old brummie
thanks for the info Colin, only the ones I knew on the Chester road, (front of Pype Hayes park) looked to be made from asbestos. just goes to show how little I know:redface:
 
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Langstraat

Guest
I remember semi detached prefabricated houses in Langdale Road. Hamstead.
Checking on Google maps it looks as though they are still there. The Smaller prefabs on the other side of the canal have gone.
Where I live in 'T' north there are still both types.:)
 
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