By the end of the Second World War, Britain faced a major housing shortage. Over three million houses across the country had been either destroyed or damaged by bombing and new house building had ceased during the war.
The wartime Government had anticipated the problem and in 1944 announced a building programme of ‘emergency factory-made houses’.
Following a design competition thirteen designs were selected for manufacture, and the Arcon Mk V was one of the most popular. Of the 156,623 prefabs built between 1945 and 1949 nearly 39,000 were Arcons.
They were built at an average cost of £1,209 (the equivalent of £4,753.83 in 2021) and were allocated to local councils most affected by bombing.
This prefab was situated at 85 Moat Lane, Yardley, Birmingham and was built in 1946. The building was supposed to have a life span of between 10-15yrs. The last people to live in this prefab left in 1980. By 1981 it was opened at Avoncroft.1940's prefab, Avoncroft (23), Bride & Groom (250), vintage photo process (7). 1/125; f/3.5; ISO 400; 24.0 mm.