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American Prefabs Imported to UK in 1940s


At the end of tiny road, after another one of those roundabouts, lays a spectacular garden, then an abandoned castle, then a huge German bunker, then the Orangerie and finally, what I am really impatient to visit: the Mémoire de Soye two “baraques,” the French one — the 534-10 — and the American one — the famous UK100 we also had in the UK (about 8,000 were imported from America in 1946). I am amazed by all the work Mémoire de Soye has put in the dismantling of the prefabs, their re-assembling on a land which used to count 286 of them till 1991 when the last ones were pulled down! Then they transformed the two prefabs into wonderful cosy and cute museums, trying hard and succeeding in finding the right pieces of furniture, the memorabilia etc…

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One Response to American Prefabs Imported to UK in 1940s

  1. Peter says:

    I well remember the prefabs in England after WW2. They were built very rapidly to provide temporary housing for returning troops and families whose homes had been destroyed in the bombing raids. Although they were regarded with almost universal contempt by those fortunate enough to live in “better”, middle class homes, they provided comfortable, utilitarian accommodation to many thousand people. For those who had previously lived in the rotting slums of the major cities, prefabs were often the best houses that they had ever lived in. The only problem was that they were largely constructed of asbestos-cement board, a strong practical material whose lethal properties were not known until many years later.

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