Two authors who chronicled the lives of people who lived in the post-war boom in temporary turned permanent prefab homes have written a book.

If you went to the exhibition about prefab homes in the now scandalously demolished Excalibur Estate will be familiar with the story of how these temporary sheds swiftly turned into much loved homes.

The book, Prefabs: A Social and Architectural History came about through the authors’ work and friendship with the people who have lived or are still living in “prefabs”: temporary homes built in the factory at the close of the Second World War.

These squat little homes were meant to last just a decade – a mere stopgap as the country got back on its feet – but many of the prefabs are still standing, with residents often fighting to hold on to them.

The Excalibur Estate was one of the last large scale estates made up entirely of single-story prefabs, but you can often find the odd lone survivor dotted around the suburbs. A strange relic that should have long since vanished they are locus points for the history of otherwise often uniformly bland streets in 1960s housing estates.

Publication of the book is currently being crowdfunded, and details about how to buy a copy is here.


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