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Amersham Prefab
Post World War II Temporary Housing

After the Second World War, there was a huge shortage of housing. Housing camps in and around Amersham were built (details here). In addition, in order to meet the housing shortage, the government introduced the prefab house. Nationally about 160,000 were built. They were built in sections in factories, which could then be quickly erected on site. In Amersham, estates of these houses were built at Finch Lane and White Lion Road. The last at Finch Lane was not vacated until the late 1980s. The Chiltern Open Air Museum at Chalfont St. Giles has restored a prefab from Finch Lane and a picture can be seen on their web site here.

The below picture has been sent to me by Mrs Heather Webb who now lives in Somerset and who lived in the prefabs on White Lion Road from 1947 to 1957. The Site was called the St. Georges estate and comprised about 40 prefab houses. The picture shows the type of construction of the houses.

Picture Courtesy of and Copyright H Webb

Heather in her neighbour's garden pond.

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