A prefab surrounded by the construction of new housing

Prefab Bungalow  -  1964

Craigmillar Prefab  -  Photograph published 1960

  Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details.     Licensed by Scran,             Photo 99995398,  Scran 000-000-054-687


Prefab Housing


An old prefab house stands alone in the field, in the 1960s, surrounded by new homes under construction.

The prefab houses were built in the late 1940s as temporary accommodation to meet the demand for new homes following World War II.  They were expected to have a life span of fifteen years.

Many prefabs in the Craigmillar area were removed in the early 1960s as new housing was constructed there, but some in SW Edinburgh, close to the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary are still standing today (2009), about 60 years after they were built:

    Craigour Avenue  -   prefab housing erected in the 1940s




Johnni Stanton


Date of the Prefab Photo

    Prefab at Craigmillar  -  Photograph published 1960

NOTE:  The Scran web site shows this photograph as having appeared in The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News or Edinburgh Evening Dispatch on January 12, 1960.

However, Johnni Stanton of Craigmillar tells me that he believes that the photo was in fact taken in 1964.

-  Peter Stubbs:  July 24, 2009


Agreed.   Johnni is correct.  I have now contacted The Scotsman and quoted the Scran reference number to them.  They tell me that the photograph was in fact published on January 12, 1964.

-  Peter Stubbs:  September 30, 2009




Brian Anderson


Date of the Prefab Photo

    Prefab at Craigmillar  -  Photograph published 1960

Thank you to Brian Anderson, Greendykes for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Brian wrote:

"This Photo of the prefab is more likely to have been taken in 1962.

When these prefabs were being demolished, there were two left, our house which was 159 Greendykes Road and a house in the next street.  This photo must be one of these two prefabs.

We moved to the houses in the background."

Brian Anderson, Greendykes, Edinburgh
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, August 11, 2009


In fact, it appears to have been January 12 1964 when this photo was published by The Scotsman.  See update to 'Recollections 1' above.

-  Peter Stubbs:  September 30, 2009




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