Volume: Ministry of Works Woolaway prefabricated house, Barnstaple, Devon

1944 - 1947
Oakland Park Estate, Fremington, Oakland Park, Sticklepath, North Devon, Devon
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A collection of 5 black and white negatives from the interior of a Woolaway prefabricated house, Barnstaple, Devon. The Temporary Housing Act of 1944/5 was intended to alleviate the acute housing shortages of the immediate postwar years. The Ministry of Works was the government department tasked with the organisation and efficiency of the push for housing construction. A number of prefabricated designs and construction methods were proposed to the Ministry of Works, of which the Woolaway house, designed by a company of the same name, was one. Woolaway houses were constructed using pre-cast reinforced (PRC) concrete panels. They could be constructed as both homes or bungalows. The images show details of the interior panels and supporting structures.

A number of Woolaway prefabricated houses were built on the Oakland Park Estate, to the south of Barnstaple. The properties were built on, or near, Woodville.

The original Ministry of Works storage envelope lists the operator as “W” and the division as “C.S.A”.

None of the images were catalogued and digitised as part of a 2020 project.


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 contains the following materials:
Photograph (Negative): 5


Source: Historic England Archive


Concrete, Mid 20th Century Prefabricated House, Construction