66 Noah's Ark Road Post-Second World War Prefab Site, Dover, Kent, UK

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After World War II, twelve prefabs, numbered from 57 to 68, were built on a series of stepped levels at the eastern end of Noah's Ark Road between the Dover Grammar School for Boys (behind, right) and the junction with Anselm Road. This view, taken from the site of 68, looks across 67 to where number 66 was located between large tree on the left and dead trees on the right. Frankie and John Moby lived at 66 (then David Wood).

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John Latter on September 25, 2012

My second eldest step-sister, Sylvia Higgins ("Frankie"), lived at 66 Noah's Ark Road between the late 1950s and early 1960s. During this time, Frankie was first married to John Moby, and then to David Wood. Frankie had four children while living in Dover (Dawn, Kim, Anthony, Teresa) before moving to Nottingham with Dave Wood where she had at least one more child (Donna).

Before moving to 66 Noah's Ark Road, Frankie and John Moby lived in a house in Westbury Road and at 205 Folkestone Road. Prior to that, Frankie had shared the family homes (in cronological order) at 10 Queen Street and 77 Westbury Road.

Sadly, Frankie has recently passed away. The news came as a surprise to me: I only have good memories of Frankie from childhood and wish I had seen her one more time.

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John Latter on September 25, 2012

From Dover Streets Ancient and Modern:

Noah’s Ark Road runs from the top of Edred Road, Tower Hamlets. This led to a dairy farm of the same name and was developed by the council in 1931. The farm probably obtained its name because it lay under the hill known as Mount Ararat. Following war damage, prefabs were erected in 1948.

John Latter on September 25, 2012

From Mid-20th-century system-built houses:

Post-war temporary prefab houses were the major part of the delivery plan envisaged by war-time prime minister Winston Churchill in March 1944, and legally outlined in the Housing (Temporary Accommodation) Act 1944, to address the United Kingdom's post–World War II housing shortage.

Taking the details of the public housing plan from the output of the Burt Committee formed in 1942, the Conservative Party's Churchill proposed to address the need for an anticipated 200,000 shortfall in post-war housing stock, by building 500,000 prefabricated houses, with a planned life of up to 10 years within five years of the end of World War II. The eventual bill of state law, agreed under the post-war Labour Party government of Prime Minister Clement Attlee, agreed to deliver 300,000 units within 10 years, within a budget of GBP 150m.

Through use of the wartime production facilities and creation of common standards developed by the Ministry of Works, the programme got off to a good start, but foundered through a combination of commercial rivalry, public concern, and pure cost. More expensive to build than conventional houses, the envisaged excess production capacity of materials was taken up at a quicker rate through Britain's post-war export drive to reduce her burgeoning war-debts.

In the end, of 1.2 million new houses built from 1945 to 1951 when the programme officially ended, only 156,623 prefab houses were constructed. Today, a number survive, a testament to the durability of a series of housing designs and construction methods only envisaged to last 10 years.

John Latter on October 19, 2012

Today, prefabricated homes, often referred to as prefab homes, or prefab dwellings, are specialist dwelling types of prefabricated building, which are manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. Some current prefab home designs include architectural details inspired by postmodernism or futurist architecture.

The word "Prefab" is not an industry term like modular home, manufactured home, panelized home, or site-built home. The term is an amalgamation of panelized and modular building systems, and can mean either one. In today's usage the term "Prefab" is more closely related to the style of home, usually modernist, rather than to a particular method of home construction.

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  • Uploaded on September 25, 2012
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2012/08/28 13:54:12
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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