Prefabricated Housing

Prefabricated houses came about after WWII there was a great housing shortage at that time. Because of the bomb damage and the renewed slum clearance which had been started in the 1930s.

There was a vast number of people who were desperate for homes has there was also a population boom in the 1940s, This ment young married couples lived with their familys. And had to go on to the local council waiting list for a house. Some people took desperate action moveing in to Army Nissan Huts, old railway carrages, seaside chalets ,Just so thay could have a roof over there heads.

Local councils could not keep up with the building of traditional brick built homes three quarters of a million were built between 1945 and 1953. Some of the early homes were the single storey Prefab.there were small groups of them in Hanley, Longton, Norton, Burslem,Trent Vale.They were factory built and were popular to live in because they had bathrooms and built in kitchens.thay were built to last about 10years but were still around in the early 1960s.

The Sentinel of November 28th 1957 had a scheme to demolish 120 Prefabs at Longton Hall-road, following an inspection of the site the Ministry considers the Prefabs are still fit for further use. They lasted in to the 1960s when they were demolished to make way for the houses built at Swingle Hill and Lundy Road off Longton Hall road.

The Schindler built homes on the Biddulph East Estate were commissioned by the National Coal Board after World War Two. The houses were constructed from pre-cast concrete panels which were factory made and then put together on site. A lot quicker than brick built houses they were intended to have a life span of about 30 years.

Today (2003) there is still this type house on lots of estates in north Staffordshire and Newcastle there have been a lot of problems over the years one reason being that this type of house was not built to last as long has they have.