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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.
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.
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
Last edited by Norm NZ; 12-09-2009 at 10:12 PM. Reason: addition.
A mate of one of my brothers lived in one on that estate.
I remember prefabs early 1950s between Kingsley Rd and Alt St, Tiber St end
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?
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.
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.
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"
Many thanks to Ged and Norm, I'm happy you liked the info about the Long Lane prefabs.
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