The following photos were sent to us by Tony Downend.
I was particularly excited at these photos as they show the Newton "Prefabs" as they were known to us. Tony says they knew them as the "Steel Houses".
I am surprised that there aren't more photos of these houses around as they were very well known in the area.
The photos show the houses during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Elizabeth ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed Queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The
coronation was held more than a year after the accession, on 2 June
1953. This followed the tradition that a festival such as a coronation
was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death
of the preceding sovereign.
Does anyone know the history around these houses? Were these particular ones built as emergency housing after the war? What year were they erected and when were they rebuilt into the houses as they are now?
The parents and their children on Busheyfield Close. June 1953
The children on Busheyfield Close. June 1953
Busheyfield Close June 2012
Tony has sent some more photos of the "prefabs" which I will post in the coming week.
Many Thanks, Tony ! :)