Family in their new prefabricated house, 24 October 1944.
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'Mr and Mrs John Green and their family are the first to occupy a prefabricated hut house in Glengall Road, Poplar in London. It is one of 10,000 of these hut homes that are to be built in the capital'. The Green family's previous house had been bombed; they had no proper kitchen facilities and had been sleeping in an Anderson shelter for five months. The new house had two bedrooms, a living room, and a partitioned-off kitchenette - not palatial but the family were delighted with it. 'Prefabs' were constructed to ease the shortage of housing due to heavy bombing in the Second World War. They were meant to be a temporary solution but some were still inhabited at the beginning of the 21st century.