Highams Park Estate, IG8

Estate in/near Highams Park, existed between 1947 and 1961

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Estate · Highams Park · IG8 ·
November
14
2021

The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961.

In 1947 Walthamstow Council erected prefab homes in Highams Park - some of the layout of the roads is still visible in the park. These were erected to address the local post-war shortage of homes after bombing.

Three years earlier, the Churchill coalition government introduced the Housing (Temporary Accommodation) Act to provide temporary houses - there was an anticipated shortfall of 200 000 homes. The proposal was to address the shortfall by building some 500 000 pre-fabricated houses in the London County Council area with a planned lifetime of ten years and completed within five years. These houses became popularly known as ’prefabs’. They were furthermore nicknamed Palaces for the People.

At the end of the war, the new Labour government of Clement Attlee agreed to deliver 300 000 units within a decade - there was a budget of £150 million to achieve this. It was soon found that the pre-fabricated units were even dearer to build than conventional houses. Soon into the 1950s, the LCC abandoned the prefab concept in favour of bricks and mortar. Nationwide, only 156 000 prefabs were delivered.

The exact design of the prefabricated houses was left to the various manufacturers but the standard came to be that a prefab would have a small entrance hall, two bedrooms, a toilet and a bath and a kitchen. Prefab had to have a minimum floor space size of 635 square feet and had to be a maximum of 7.5 feet wide to allow them to be transported by road.

The Ministry of Works specified that all designs needed a ’service unit’: a combined back-to-back kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom included a flushing toilet and a bath with hot water taps. The kitchen would have a refrigerator, built-in oven and Baxi water heater. The prefabs had coal fires - also a back boiler for central heating and the supply of hot water. All prefabs under the housing act arrived decorated in magnolia, with gloss-green on wood surfaces, door trimmings and skirting boards.

The Highams Park Estate prefabs had their own gardens and sometimes a shed with a corrugated roof. The first winter on the Estate was that of 1947 - one of the coldest winters on record in London. This made for a notable first year.

The estate became quite a tight-knit community for those who lived there and lasted for 13 years. Most of the residents were young families - a contemporary estimate put the total number of school-age children on the estate as over 200.

There were 18 named roads on the estate: Coopersale Avenue, Coopersale Close, Fishers Avenue, Fishers Close, Miller's End, Miller's Close, Navestock Road, Stanford Road, Stapleford Avenue, Stapleford Central, Stapleford Crescent, Stapleford End, Stapleford Path, Stapleford Road, Troubridge Avenue, Troubridge Road, Warrens Avenue and Warrens Road.

The former Community Hall (and Sunday School) still survives as a community café called Humphry’s, named after an architect. This building pre-dated the Second World War - during the war it was both an air raid station and gun emplacement.

By the end of 1960 all the occupants had been re-housed. Before demolition in 1961, the Highams Residents Association successfully lobbied the Council to have the area re-instated as a park.

With acknowledgement to the work of




Main source: Walthamstow Memories 2021
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Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site

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Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
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Added: 7 Jan 2022 07:17 GMT   

Smithy in Longacre
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Roy Batham   
Added: 7 Jan 2022 05:50 GMT   

Batham Family (1851 - 1921)
I start with William Batham 1786-1852 born in St.Martins Middlesex. From various sources I have found snippets of information concerning his early life. A soldier in 1814 he married Mary Champelovier of Huguenot descent By 1819 they were in Kensington where they raised 10 children. Apart from soldier his other occupations include whitesmith, bell hanger and pig breeder. I find my first record in the 1851 English sensus. No street address is given, just ’The Potteries’. He died 1853. Only one child at home then George Batham 1839-1923, my great grandfather. By 1861 he is living in Thomas St. Kensington with his mother. A bricklayer by trade 1871, married and still in Thomas St. 1881 finds him in 5,Martin St. Kensington. 1891 10,Manchester St. 1911, 44 Hunt St Hammersmith. Lastly 1921 Census 7, Mersey St. which has since been demolished.

Source: Batham/Wiseman - Family Tree

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Added: 31 Dec 2021 00:54 GMT   

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John Neill   
Added: 25 Nov 2021 11:30 GMT   

Sandringham Road, E10 (1937 - 1966)
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Opposite us lived the Burgess family. Their son Russell also sang in my choir as a tenor. He later became a well-known musician and the choirmaster at Wandsworth Boys’ School.
Just at the end of WW2 a German rocket (V2) landed in the grounds of Whipps Cross Hospital, damaging many of the houses in Sandringham Road, including ours.

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Tim Stevenson   
Added: 16 Nov 2021 18:03 GMT   

Pub still open
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STEPHEN JACKSON   
Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:25 GMT   

Fellows Court, E2
my family moved into the tower block 13th floor (maisonette), in 1967 after our street Lenthall rd e8 was demolished, we were one of the first families in the new block. A number of families from our street were rehoused in this and the adjoining flats. Inside toilet and central heating, all very modern at the time, plus eventually a tarmac football pitch in the grounds,(the cage), with a goal painted by the kids on the brick wall of the railway.

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Highams Park Estate, IG8 The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961.

NEARBY STREETS
Abbotts Crescent, E4 Abbotts Crescent is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
Advent Court 1a, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Beechwood Drive, IG8 Beechwood Drive is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Belmont Close, IG8 Belmont Close lies off Falmouth Avenue.
Birches Lodge, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Brookhouse Gardens, E4 Brookhouse Gardens is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
Chingford Lane, IG8 Chingford Lane is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Churchill Lodge, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Clivedon Road, E4 Clivedon Road is a road in the E4 postcode area
Coopersale Avenue, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Coopersale Close, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Cowell Lodge, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Crealock Grove, IG8 Crealock Grove is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Elm Grove, IG8 Elm Grove is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Elm Terrace, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Falmouth Avenue, E4 Falmouth Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
Falmouth Avenue, E4 Falmouth Avenue is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Fishers Avenue, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Fishers Close, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Forest Glade, E4 Forest Glade is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
Gordon Avenue, E4 Gordon Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
Hatchwood Close, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Henrys Avenue, IG8 Henrys Avenue is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Keynsham Avenue, IG8 Keynsham Avenue is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Lichfield Road, IG8 Lichfield Road is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Marion Grove, IG8 Marion Grove is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Mason Road, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Mill Broke Mews, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Mill Houses, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Mill Lane, IG8 Mill Lane is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Millbroke Mews, IG8 Millbroke Mews is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Miller’s Close, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Miller’s End, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Montalt Road, IG8 Montalt Road is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Navestock Road, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Nesta Road, IG8 Nesta Road is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Nightingale Avenue, E4 Nightingale Avenue is a road in the E4 postcode area
Payzes Gardens, IG8 A street within the IG8 postcode
Savill Row, IG8 Savill Row is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Sheredan Road, E4 Sheredan Road is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
St Leonards Avenue, IG8 St Leonards Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
St. Leonard’s Avenue, E4 St. Leonard’s Avenue is a road in the E4 postcode area
Stanford Road, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Stapleford Avenue, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Stapleford Central, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Stapleford Crescent, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Stapleford End, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Stapleford Path, E4 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Stapleford Road, E4 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Sunnydene Avenue, E4 Sunnydene Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E4 postal area.
Sunset Avenue, IG8 Sunset Avenue is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Tamworth Avenue, IG8 Tamworth Avenue, now a cul-de-sac, formerly provided access into the Highams Park Estate.
The Charter Road, IG8 The Charter Road is a road in the E4 postcode area
The Charter Road, IG8 The Charter Road is a road in the IG8 postcode area
Troubridge Avenue, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Troubridge Road, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Warrens Avenue, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Warrens Road, IG8 One of a series of roads containing prefabs on the Highams Park Estate
Wood Lane, IG8 Wood Lane runs parallel with Chingford Lane.

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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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A typical post-war prefab, coloured in magnolia and green
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
Credit: Walthamstow Memories
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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The grounds around Highams Park Lake when the prefabs were there after the Second World War. They were demolished in 1961.
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The Highams Park Estate was an estate of 176 prefabs which existed between 1947 and 1961. All 20 roads on the estate were dug up and Highams Park itself restored.
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Licence: CC BY 2.0
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