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Cottingley Housing Estate, Pre-Fab Plan

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Cottingley Housing Estate, Pre-Fab Plan
Description:
1948. Plan showing the layout of a typical pre-fabricated home built on the Cottingley Housing Estate in the late 1940s. The pre-fabs were built on the site of the old Cottingley Hall estate, intended as a temporary measure to solve a housing shortage, but it was not until the 1970s that more permanent dwellings replaced them.

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Brian

Comment:
Intersting to see this plan the prefab I lived in had slight differences to this plan around the bedroom/bathroom area , were there possibly a Mark 1 Mark 2 version of the prefab . The prefabs on Jack Lane were a different style to Cottingley and the Prefab at Eden Camp is different externally . Oct 21st 2009

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21-Oct-2009

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Andrea Postle { Now Hargreaves}

Comment:
Like yourself, Brian, I have wondered about different types of prefab. I believe from looking at various sites that we all lived in a B2 type of prefab at Cottingley. You are correct in saying that the prefabs in Churwell were different. Have you looked on the Belle Isle site near Liverpool where there was a huge prefab estate, and these prefabs were like ours. There is a book called "Lovely Little Places" which discusses prefabs in Epping. These were similar to ours and they also had the ducted heating. From letters sent to Leodis it would appear that some of the prefabs on Cottingley Estate had ducted heating whilst othere did not, so perhaps there was a slight design difference in the B2's. Also from looking at letters it would seem that there was a universal love of the prefab in general. I know we loved ours, but not so much in Winter! Eden camp one is very different but also similar inside.

Date:
22-Oct-2009

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Peter Moore

Comment:
As a schoolboy in the 1940's I remember sitting in a field off Crow Nest Lane (just opposite the site)and watching these prefabs being erected.(Oct23rd 2009)

Date:
23-Oct-2009

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dipetmo@aol.com

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Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Like Peter Moore, I too remember the Pre-Fabs arriving. My memory is of seeing them arrive seemingly complete, on the backs of lorries, similar to the way they transport static-caravans today. I have no idea if they were complete inside, or if all the bungalows were delivered in this fashion. I do know, however, that the majority of the people who lived on the Cottingley Estate did not want to leave and be re-housed. The first that I knew of the re-housing program was in the early 1960's, when we became friendly with a couple who lived there; a husband and his Cuban wife who were up in arms over the threat to their home, as were most people on the estate. I firmly believe that when the estate was finally swept away, a 'vibrant community' was completely destroyed. I wonder if we will ever see the day when politicians actually listen to, and take heed of the feelings of the very people they are supposed to represent, rather than force their 'will', through the power invested in them just to seemingly glorify their own existence.

Date:
10-Nov-2009

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Elaine Foy(Nee Holdsworth)

Comment:
My Uncle Walter and Auntie Gladys Aspinall lived on the estate. I remember playing in the corrogated tin outbuilding, which I think was used as an airaid shelter,with my cousins Paul and Ann.

Date:
22-Nov-2009

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elainefoy@talktalk.net

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brian laycock

Comment:
In the prefab we lived in the doors to the big bedroom and bathroom were facing you as you went in the front door,and I'm sure I remember a built in wardrobe in the small bedroom.

Date:
03-May-2010

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aldine.laycock@googlemail.com

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Penny Holmes (now Corner)

Comment:
There was certainly a large built in wardrobe in our second bedroom. The main bedroom had built in cupboards and drawers all along one wall. Does anyone remember the window between the kitchen and sitting room.

Date:
19-Mar-2011

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cataddy@googlemail.com

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Chris Went (nee Rhodes)

Comment:
Penny Holmes is right about the built-in wardrobe in the second bedroom and the full wall of storage in the main (back) bedroom. My mother would never use it though because she said that it was damp. The window between the kitchen and the living room was useful- mothers could keep an eye on children - and attractive. That window in our prefab was always done up with pretty net curtains draped with tie backs.

Date:
23-Mar-2011

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madkatsmum@hotmail.co.uk

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Brian Laycock

Comment:
Re the window,I remember my mother telling me that we moved into the prefab before the electric was turned on and my parents used to position a parrafin lamp near the window to light the kitchen and front room

Date:
14-Sep-2011

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Paulino

Comment:
I lived in No 11 Sunnyfield Rd accross the eanvue from the Bookers. I remember Michael, Harry and Daphne. Next door to us was the Curry's. Stephen was my mate. He had a brother David and sister Dawn at that time. We used to go in the field and play in the brook. I left when I was aged 5 and went to Speke but not before spending some time at Joseph Williams School. My dad was a joiner and he helped build the school. My name is Joseph William Barlow and I used to think the school was named after me cos. my dad worked on it

Date:
17-Mar-2012

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Norman Waddock

Comment:
My grandfather, John George Powton, lived in one of these temporary bungalows, exactly the same as the one shown. If you go to Leodis Advanced Search, input Woodhouse and the Subject ID 7376, there is a block of 4 bungalows at the Southern end of the plan. My grandfather lived in either the second or third one in. If my memory serves me correctly these bungalows had adjacent small buildings where they kept their coal, garden implements etc. I seem to recall, but I stand to be corrected, that they had gas fridges? My grandfather also had an allotment on Woodhouse Moor which kept our family supplied with fresh vegetables. When I was junior school age, my grandfather said he had got me a present and it was in his jacket pocket. When I put my hand in to see what it was, I pulled out a baby rabbit. This was typical of my grandfather's kindness. Nothing could surpass the feeling I felt when I held that little rabbit. Unfortunately the little rabbit grew up to be a Flemish Giant, eating us out of house and home. I came home from school one day and my mother said it had gone to heaven. The next day I saw it hanging up in the local butcher's window. Despite everybody insisting it wasn't my rabbit - I knew it was.

Date:
30-Sep-2012

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Name:
Steve Carter

Comment:
I was born in a prefab at Cottingley and I agree with a previous comment that the back bedroom door was not as shown in the diagram but I may be wrong as I was 10 when we left and that is a few years ago now

Date:
22-Dec-2013

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Name:
Joan Snowden (nee Walker)

Comment:
Have just been made aware of this site, and agree with Brian Laycock (who, like me lived in Dulverton Crescent). The doors into the back bedroom and bathroom faced onto the front entrance door, and there was a recess in the hall (where Dad kept his bike). The loo backed onto the back wall, and there was also a small fitted laundry bin at the side of the sink. There was a wardrobe in the front bedroom, and several cupboards in the back bedroom. We lived at Cottingley from 1948 to 1965, and when we moved in there were no made roads or pavements, and we had no electricity for about 6 months, and had to use tilly lamps. I remember that when the coal fire in the lounge got hot, it used to rumble in the tin walls between the bathroom and kitchen!! Have lots of happy memories living there - big gardens, lots of space, and a great community. Many of the people had never had gardens, and the men formed a gardening club at the back of where they eventually built the shops, and between them they used to share garden tools, mowers, etc. I too remember it being cold in winter when the windows used to frost up inside!! Still, they were happy days.

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20-Mar-2014

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