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Nostalgia: The answer to Glossop’s 1940s housing problem

What looks like row after row of huts was the answer to Glossop’s housing problem 75 years ago.

The council was starting a slum clearance programme to replace 50 homes said to be unsuitable for human habitation with what were known as pre-fabs.

Fifty of the pre-fabricated buildings went up in fields off Charlestown Road at what was to be called The Acre.

From the outside they did not look much, but inside they were luxury to families living in four room, back-to-back cottages, lit by gas, often with water seeping through the roof and with outside toilets.

These were all-electric, with a bathroom and toilet and fully fitted kitchens and were still a popular form of housing until the early 1970s.

Then, they too, were demolished and replaced by more traditional forms of housing.

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