Catford Excalibur estate prefab becomes pop-up exhibition centre

Catford Excalibur estate prefab becomes pop-up exhibition centre

Elisabeth Blanchet

Photo by Elisabeth Blanchet taken at the prefab where she is holding the exhibition.

Catford Excalibur estate prefab becomes pop-up exhibition centre

Photo by Rob Pickard

Photo by Rob Pickard

Elisabeth with the other artists included in the exhibition

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A prefab home on Catford's Excalibur estate has been turned into a pop-up exhibition this month, filled with photos, memorabilia and filmed interviews.

News Shopper: Photo by Elisabeth Blanchet taken at the prefab where she is holding the exhibition.

Originally built by German prisoners of war in 1945 and 1946, six of the 187 bungalows have received Grade II listing.

News Shopper: Catford Excalibur estate prefab becomes pop-up exhibition centre

But the remainder of the estate is being demolished, along with its tin-roofed prefab church, St Mark’s, believed to be one of a kind.

Photographer Elisabeth Blanchet said: "Come and visit the estate before this unique slice of 20th Century social history disappears for good.

"You will learn about the fascination history of these tiny bungalows and meet some residents who have lived in the prefabs for a long time."

News Shopper: Photo by Rob Pickard

The exhibition, at 17 Meliot Road, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4.30pm and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

News Shopper: Photo by Rob Pickard

For more details, visit the Palaces for the People Facebook page.

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1:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

With regard to the church, if that is one of the "pop up" churches made by a certain company based in the Old Kent Road at the beginning of the last century, why don't you ebay it? Seriously, whilst watching George's amazing spaces, a couple had bought one of these churches made by this company (at the time) and had the church moved and placed in a secluded garden area and refurbished it out as a fully functional living abode. It did look truly amazing and really lovely and cosy. It too was made out of corrugated Iron and such. Rather than demolish a piece of history, why don't the wreckateers do that with the church? As for the prefabs, well I have seen the inside of some of them, and it is about time they came down, but unfortunately what are they going to replace the land with? We can all guess can't we?
With regard to the church, if that is one of the "pop up" churches made by a certain company based in the Old Kent Road at the beginning of the last century, why don't you ebay it? Seriously, whilst watching George's amazing spaces, a couple had bought one of these churches made by this company (at the time) and had the church moved and placed in a secluded garden area and refurbished it out as a fully functional living abode. It did look truly amazing and really lovely and cosy. It too was made out of corrugated Iron and such. Rather than demolish a piece of history, why don't the wreckateers do that with the church? As for the prefabs, well I have seen the inside of some of them, and it is about time they came down, but unfortunately what are they going to replace the land with? We can all guess can't we? sarfflondonbird
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