Prefab Homes (Shire Library, Book 788)

November 20, 2020
Prefab Homes (Shire Library, Book 788)

At the end of the Second World War Winston Churchill promised tomanufacture half a million prefabricated bungalows to ease thehousing shortage; in the end more than 156,000 temporary 'prefabs'were delivered. Nicknamed 'Palaces for the People', and withconvenient kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems, they provedpopular and instead of being demolished as intended they weredefended by residents who campaigned to keep their family homes andcommunities. Nearly seventy years later, as the last of these twobedroom homes are being demolished, Elisabeth Blanchet tells thestory of these popular dwellings and their gardens and shows thevarious designs that were produced. Through the stories andmemories of residents, she also reveals the communities who werepleased to live in the prefabs.