Linda, 50, was almost born in a prefab in the Catford Estate. She knows perfectly well its story which is also a little bit hers. A family story anyway. Her aunt and her in-laws live in the Estate. “I love those prefabs and all this post war period that goes with it”, she tells me. “All the prefabs in the Estate have been built by war prisoners from Germany and Italy.” With a little bit of expertise, one can distinguish the “German” from the “Italian” ones. “I really love them you know, if they were to pull them down, I would lock myself inside!”
The prefab of Patricia and Charles is one of the cosiest in Catford. Howard Davies, the Tenants cooperative manager, strongly advised me to visit it. Patricia is agoraphobic. She does not work and spends most of her time at home, windows and doors wide open.
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