Volume: Construction of Airey Houses, Chingford

22 Feb 1946
Chingford, Waltham Forest, Greater London Authority, E4
Volume containing Photographic material
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A collection of 6 black and white glass plate negatives, showing the early stages of construction on an estate of Airey Houses in Chingford. Airey Houses were a common form of postwar prefabricated housing and were developed by a Leeds based builder, Sir Edwin Airey. The exterior walls were made of precast concrete. Around 26,000 were constructed across the country during the late 1940s and early 1950s. By the 1980s many of the remaining Airey Houses were showing defects, ensuring that they were classified as defective and in need of repair by the 1984/5 Housing Defects Act. Gaining a mortgage on unmodified Airey Houses in the twenty-first century is consequently very difficult.

4 of the 6 images have been catalogued and scanned as part of a 2019 project.

The original Ministry of Works storage envelope for these negatives lists the operator as "C".


This is part of the Sub Series: PSA01/04/H Housing; within the Series: PSA01/04 Negatives; within the Collection: PSA01 Property Services Agency

This Volume is divided into 4 Child Records
This Volume contains the following materials:
Photograph (Negative): 6


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Creator of Archive: Airey, Edwin: Ministry Of Works


Mid 20th Century Prefabricated House, Construction