Pre-fab houses in Norton

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Date:June 1964

Description:These prefabricated houses were in Hillside Road which was just off Spragg Lane in Norton. Pre-fab houses were part of the attempt to solve Britain's post-Second World War housing shortage. It was planned to build 500,000 between 1945 and 1950. Eventually 156,623 prefabs were built across the United Kingdom.

There were many designs and producers of pre-fab houses. Those in Hillside Roads appear to be AIROH houses. Built by the Aircraft Industries Research Organisation on Housing, they were bungalows made of aluminium, weighed about ten tons and each covered 675 square feet (about 62 square metres). They were completely prefabricated, coming with fitted kitchens, bathroom and even fitted curtains. Each house came on a lorry in four sections and could be erected in four hours. Other designs used asbestos or pre cast concrete. Each AIROH house cost £1,600 in 1947 and 54,500 were built around Britain. Hillside Road has been cleared and replaced with modern dwellings.

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

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