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1940s British Social Housing

Below is a selection of British social housing from the 1940s.

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Richborough House, Pembury Estate, Hackney, London

RIBA14504
London County Council. Architects Department

'Arcon' temporary prefabricated housing, Long Lane, Croydon, London

RIBA28650
Great Britain. Ministry of Public Buildings & Works

The Portal prefabricated house: the rear elevation

RIBA38747
Great Britain. Ministry of Works
NOTES: F.R.S. Yorke was the consulting architect for this factory-made steel-clad house commissioned by the Ministry of Works. The house derived its name from Baron Portal, of Laverstoke in the County of Southampton (later Viscount Portal), who served as Minister of Works during World War II.

Needwood House, Woodberry Down Estate, Stoke Newington, London

RIBA55666
London County Council. Architects Department
NOTES: Construction on this low-cost housing estate began in 1946 and on its completion in 1962, fifty-seven blocks had been erected on the 64 acre site that had previously been dairy farmland.

Tufnell Park Estate, London

RIBA55674
London County Council. Architects Department

Housing estate in Wapping, London: block of flats in Prusom Street

RIBA55676
London County Council. Architects Department

Pembury Estate, Hackney, London

RIBA55679
London County Council. Architects Department

Housing estate in Highbury, London

RIBA55687
London County Council. Architects Department

Ocean Estate, Stepney, London

RIBA55692
London County Council. Architects Department
NOTES: An example of housing planned before the Second World War and carried out by the Valuer's Department after 1945.

Harold Hill Estate, Romford, London

RIBA55730
London County Council. Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the estates built by the Valuer's Department of the London County Council from 1945-1951.

Ministry of Works Demonstration Housing at Northolt, London: street view of the two types of houses

RIBA71016
Gibberd, Sir Frederick (1908-1984)
NOTES: Thirteen part-prefabricated houses were built for the Ministry of Works at Northolt to show alternative types of materials, plans and construction. The steel frame and cladding were designed by Frederick Gibberd and built by the British Iron and Steel Federation.
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