The first of 500,000 prefab homes went on show in London today 31st April, 1944. They were designed for demobilised servicemen and bombed out families and consisted of 2 bedrooms, a living room, bathroom and toilet and kitchen on one floor, and were built by the motor industry. Some still survive and are listed buildings(Joy: Hector Murdoch's historic homecoming in 1946 became one of the war's most famous images)
THE END of PREFAB BRITAIN They were a quick-fix solution to the post-war housing crisis. But the UK’s prefabricated homes are now being torn down – and many residents are mourning the end of an era, says Sonia Zhuravlyova
The plan of our prefab. The front bedroom was mine. It never seemed this tiny! There were fitted cupboards in the main bedroom, a built-in fridge in the kitchen, all unheard of before. The fireplace heated a back boiler for hot water and there was an airing cupboard. Luxury!