A COUPLE of spots in Nantwich that went down
in the town's history were the prefabs (short for prefabricated
bungalows) in Manor
Road North and on Barony Park.
I remember seeing those in Manor
Road North in the late 1950s, looking along Davenport Avenue. But I never saw those
in Park View.
Until now images of them have
been elusive, evading both myself and Nantwich historian Andrew
Lamberton. And no doubt many others with memories of the town's past.
One of the current residents of
Park View was born in one of the prefabs, dating the building of the
homes at around 1940. The same resident remembers coming home on leave
from the RAF at the age of 16 to find the prefabs had been demolished.
(The family were living elsewhere by then!)
There was a pit where the
prefabs had been and children were having great fun jumping into it.
This would have have been the bungalow foundations rather than one of a number of brine pits on what is now Barony
Park and what was then Beam Heath land. There
are no pits in the images here.
The 1956 edition of Johnson's
Directory - a publication which included a list of householders
throughout the town among other interesting items - lists the prefabs as
"Barony, Park Estate". But there is no list in the 1958 edition,
confirming the resident's recollections.
While Barony Road is listed
separately, all other roads in the area are listed in the directory,
under "B" as (for example) "Barony, Vauxhall Road". Even Park View is
listed as one of the Barony roads.
I was recently asked by another Park View resident if I knew of any
pictures of the prefabs. I didn't and suggested they tried Nantwich
Museum. Then Andrew Lamberton, who is working on the
Museum's digital image collection, found the picture used on this page.
The top image is the background of a
photograph of a Carnival event on Barony Park - featuring Len Boyer as
the Nantwich King - but I'm so
pleased that it has come to light that
I'm highlighting the prefabs rather than the carnival event. . .!
I had always assumed that the
post-war homes were built in a single row along the edge of the park
facing the older homes in Park View - also in the background to