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    Down in Cardiff over the weekend, I visited the excellent St Fagan's Open Air Museum in which there are many old houses and buildings reconstructed to show how the people of Wales lived from the 1700's onwards.

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    Very fine, Cadfael!

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    PS I didn't know they had named a saint after Ged Fagan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    PS I didn't know they had named a saint after Ged Fagan.
    Nice one Cad

    A saint, after Ged ? No way.A devilish imp maybe

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    Ha ha. I was actually named after St. Gerard. The patron saint of pregnant women believe it or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm NZ View Post
    Nice Pic! but not 'Prefabs' as we know them! These are 'Porto-Cabins'!!
    No,they are prefabs,Mk.II 1960s I think.Have a look at gregs dads pic in post No.20.
    Mk I's were late '40s made of asbestos,see cadfaels pic.There was an estate of them on Shiel Park.The 'town' lane of West Derby Rd from Shiel Rd to opp Norwood Grove was built where they where.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    There arn't many pics of prefabs around. Would be great to find some pics of those u mention LL
    Prefabs adorn a quarter of the lower end of Princess drive at the begining of Mab Lane.

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    The last time I saw any being lived in was about 8/9 years ago.That was in Malvern Ave,Ellesmere Port,they were the asbestos type.

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    I don't remember them being up, but remember playing in the demolished wreckage of prefabs in Dovecot. They were off Finch Lane and backed onto what I think was the Liverpool Corpy Bus playing fields. I doubt I would have been so keen on looking for woodlice under the boards if I knew then what I know now about the dangers of asbestos!!

    The Imperial War Museum at Duxford has a preserved Prefab on display and I think there is one in Wales somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNASHER View Post
    No,they are prefabs,Mk.II 1960s I think.Have a look at gregs dads pic in post No.20.
    Mk I's were late '40s made of asbestos,see cadfaels pic.There was an estate of them on Shiel Park.The 'town' lane of West Derby Rd from Shiel Rd to opp Norwood Grove was built where they where.
    OK! BUT to me, Pre-Fabs are the ones built in the 1940/50s, they had chimney's to service the solid fuel burners (which had doors) that were installed. The pic that you showed looked more like the Porto- Cabins that we see many of these days! I guess the words 'Pre-Fab' does apply to lots of structures, but to me I prefare the old ex-war type.
    Last edited by Norm NZ; 12-09-2009 at 09:12 PM. Reason: addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baloffski View Post
    I don't remember them being up, but remember playing in the demolished wreckage of prefabs in Dovecot. They were off Finch Lane and backed onto what I think was the Liverpool Corpy Bus playing fields. I doubt I would have been so keen on looking for woodlice under the boards if I knew then what I know now about the dangers of asbestos!!

    The Imperial War Museum at Duxford has a preserved Prefab on display and I think there is one in Wales somewhere
    I remember thoes prefabs being built. They where built on what we called the Gypsy Field in the late 40s. It was quite a big estate, built around the Corpy Bus sports ground, and borderd by East Prescot rd, Lordens rd, and Finch Lane. In thoes days they where of a ultra modern interior with a builtin allnight coal stove and a fridge. A lot of people didnt want them demolished, as they where quite happy to stay in them.

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    A mate of one of my brothers lived in one on that estate.

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    I remember prefabs early 1950s between Kingsley Rd and Alt St, Tiber St end

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    From the LRO

    1) Stanley Road - Hermia Street Date 01/07/1950 Description A photograph of Stanley Road and Hermia Street. There are prefabricated houses in the photograph and some children on the street

    2) Children's Playground, Lineside Road - Belle Vale Date 20/04/1954 Description A photograph of a children's playground on Lineside Road and Belle Vale. A number of children are playing there. There are prefab houses behind the playground

    3) Panorama from 'Coronation Court' Roof - View 3 Date 06/05/1957 Description A panoramic view from the roof of the Sparrow Hall multi-storey flats looking towards East Lancashire Road and Lower House Lane roundabout. An estate of prefab housing is visible on the left and West Derby Cemetery is to the right of this.
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    Smile Garston Park

    I seem to remember that the pre-fabs on Garston Park (Long Lane side) had a flat roof, like the ones in the first thumbnail.

    They were still there in the 60's, a single row along the edge of the park.


    Quote Originally Posted by hmtmaj View Post
    From the LRO

    1) Stanley Road - Hermia Street Date 01/07/1950 Description A photograph of Stanley Road and Hermia Street. There are prefabricated houses in the photograph and some children on the street

    2) Children's Playground, Lineside Road - Belle Vale Date 20/04/1954 Description A photograph of a children's playground on Lineside Road and Belle Vale. A number of children are playing there. There are prefab houses behind the playground

    3) Panorama from 'Coronation Court' Roof - View 3 Date 06/05/1957 Description A panoramic view from the roof of the Sparrow Hall multi-storey flats looking towards East Lancashire Road and Lower House Lane roundabout. An estate of prefab housing is visible on the left and West Derby Cemetery is to the right of this.

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    Dead right, they were still there in the 60's. Would anybody have a photo of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_gila View Post
    I seem to remember that the pre-fabs on Garston Park (Long Lane side) had a flat roof, like the ones in the first thumbnail.

    They were still there in the 60's, a single row along the edge of the park.
    Remember them well. We used to play cricket or football most nights in that park, when I was in my early teens.

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    Smile Our school sports...

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    Remember them well. We used to play cricket or football most nights in that park, when I was in my early teens.
    ...from Duncombe Rd. primary school were at the park, so we were there weekly.

    Also used to play evenings and weekends there, and fly chuck gliders and even Jetex planes, but in the late 50's it wasn't a place to be after dark...

    The local Nov. 5th bonfire/fireworks was also there, as well as the occasional fair.

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    There was a small estate of prefabs on Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, on the site of what is now the Somerfield. My friend lived in them unti the 60s. I thought they were great but she was ashamed of living there as she got stick at school for it. Anyone got any pics of them? I would love to see them. Years later, I found out that my Father in Law lived in one in Tinklepeg Lane (I am not making this up) in Kirkby, in between the Imperial Metals site and Knowsley Village although he always said he lived in a bungalow. Again, I gather he was teased because of it. God knows why. Where I live in Lydiate we have a small estate off the Southport Road called Seafore Close. They look like two storied hybrid prefabs. Local legend is they were built by either English Electric or Courtaulds for their workers. Hard to get a mortgage on them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_gila View Post
    I seem to remember that the pre-fabs on Garston Park (Long Lane side) had a flat roof, like the ones in the first thumbnail.

    They were still there in the 60's, a single row along the edge of the park.
    I lived in the Long Lane prefabs (number 33) from 1953 (Coronation Year) until 1963 when they were demolished. it was great living the with the Park as an extended back- garden.
    They were great little buildings with fitted kitchens, fridge multi-fuel burning stove, fitted cupboards in living room, hall, bedrooms and bathroom which also included a heated towel rail and partial central heating with heat from the burner. A large airing cupboard, and an immersion heater, front and back gardens, and even a pre-cast garden shed. The whole place was luxury. Buses past the door every 6 minutes, railway station 5 minutes away. Shops at the end of the road and in the village. Garston Park was a kids wonderland, footie, cricket, hide and seek, Punch and Judy in the summer, and a swing park with a "jerker" Been to the beam many times. Happy days, never a dull moment with magnetic football, cluedo and monopoly, didn't need an X-box. Then in 1963 moved to Halewood in an upstairs maisonette, "Enough said"

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    Many thanks to Ged and Norm, I'm happy you liked the info about the Long Lane prefabs.

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