Volume: W.G.H Type prefabricated house, built for the Ministry of Works at an unspecified location in Farnham, Surrey

Farnham, Waverley, Surrey
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A single black and white negative showing a complete semi-detached “WGH” house, at an unspecified location in Farnham, Surrey. The original Ministry of Works envelop suggests that the house is a W.G.H type. No further information can be found on this housing type, although it appears to be a prefabricated precast reinforced concrete (PRC) property. The Temporary Housing Act of 1944/5 was intended to alleviate the acute housing shortages of the immediate postwar years, mostly through the construction of prefabricated, modular housing. The Ministry of Works was the government department tasked with the organisation and efficiency of the push for housing construction in the immediate postwar years. A number of individual designs and construction methods for housing were built during the 1940s and it is likely that the W.G.H was a partially adopted method of construction. It could even be that the WGH type was only a prototype and did not go into full-scale production. No further information accompanies the image, so it is difficult to find exactly where it was constructed.

The original Ministry of Works storage envelope lists the operator as “W”.


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): 1


Source: Historic England Archive


Concrete, Mid 20th Century Prefabricated House