As we were looping about the maze of streets and taking photos, we were lucky enough to get chatting with a guy who was taking down his Christmas decorations, Jim Blackender. Jim's become a neighbourhood champion to save Excalibur, and he let me video him talking about it. Here's the interview and a slide show of some of the photos I took today in this historic area:
Excalibur Prefabs YouTube link
You can find out about the community's campaign on Jim's website here.
Jim Blackender and his prefab
The first time I went inside a prefab was in the Imperial War Museum's 1940's House exhibition, and Channel 4 made a series about a family who lived there in artificially created 1940's conditions. When I took Stuart to the museum, he was amazed by how much of the decor he recognised that had stuck around into own childhood in the sixties. Here are some photos I found of the house's interior on YouTube, with a jolly Alma Cogan soundtrack:
1940s House YouTube link
Some more photos from today.
A noticeboard outside Jim's house
Edit: Just linked by The Londonist and writer Philip Reeve on his blog The Solitary Bee