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Mottingham Prefebs

A Memory of Mottingham

Does anybody have any recollection of the prefabs at Mottingham? (long ago demolished).
I lived there with my parents and three brothers at 9, Nutton Road, SE9. I attended Marvels Lane Primary School, which, I believe is still in use. I visited the school on a Sunday after attending a wedding in Surbiton. I was unable to park because of all the parked cars - there were no cars parked on the road in Marvels Lane when I attended the school. I live now in Cheshire.
I would particularly like to see any photographs of the prefabs at Mottingham. My aunt still lives in her prefab in Catford (Mordred Road).

A memory shared by Keith Hogwood , on Aug 9th, 2013.

Comments & feedback

Sat Apr 25th 2015, at 12:37 pm

paragonslate commented:

Hi Keith,
I think the prefabs got demolished around 1963/64 to make way for the Chinbrook estate where I lived. We moved from prefabs in Albion Street Rotherhithe to a newly built house on the estate. Most of the families were young and came from, New cross, Deptford, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Blackfriars and other inner london suburbs (hence, the huge Millwall football club following). You may be able to find some photos' on the "City Of London" archives, my sister sent me one of the estate, taken out side our house about 1968 (?). I live in Melbourne Australia now and often think of Mottingham. Hope you find some photos'. Steve.

Thu Jul 9th 2015, at 6:58 am

Keith Hogwood commented:

Hi Steve,
Many thanks for your reply-very interesting. We moved from Nutton Road to a council house at Elliot Bank Forest Hill as the prefab was to small to house my parents and four boys (which included me!). I knew the prefab were to be demolished, but I didn't know when. I have since visited the estate that replaced the prefabs.
Opposite was The Chinbrook pub (still there) and Off-licence. Not too far away was the River Quaggy where I spent many a happy hour catching Sticklebacks and taking them home in a jam-jar.
I have a photo of me and my brothers standing at the rear of our prefab. Just so sorry that's all I have. I live now in North Yorkshire-even further away, but not as far as you!
Keirh

Tue Oct 27th 2015, at 9:39 pm

peter.w2 commented:

Hi Keith I went to Marvels lane school in 1956 to 1965, lived in the prefabs at the bottom of marvels lane ,our prefab was located next to the entrance to the playing fields. I used to play in chinbrook meadows and constantly used the playground there. have fond memories of the school ,went back 6 years ago with my grandchildren and they were impressed by it . nothing like the old days now looks like a prison camp surrounded by high fencing . like you have now moved a long way of as I live in south wales . Pete..

Mon Feb 1st 2016, at 3:44 pm

lou.morris commented:

Hi All, I used to live at 4 Nutton Path with my 3 siblings. Can remember the Milkman with his horse Molly! I have a photo of myself standing to the entrance to the prefab aged approx.3 years old. Like you I went to Marvels Lane Schools - Mr Parkin was my teacher in the Junior School.

Fri May 12th 2017, at 3:58 pm

pogni commented:

Hi Keith, I was born in 90 Marvels lane in 1951, My Mum and Dad had a car hire business and also owned the block of four maisonettes which they rented out 3 for about 25 bob each a week.
I remember the prefabs when there were a few with people still living in them but most were empty and were a favorite place to play until they were demolished around !962/3 I think.
I went to Marvels Lane School from around 1956/7 until I left around 1962/3 and would love to be able to contact some of the kids especially anyone from my class. I can remember Mr Parkins, he was a lovely bloke and another teacher Mr Bates who I was scared of, because he was the one that gave kids the cane across their open hands. I can also remember Chinbrook Park and Elmstead Woods and some of the trees that still had shrapnel from WW2 embedded in their trunks. My parents sold up in 1963 and bought a large Guest House near Tintagel Cornwall. I hope to hear from you.....Paul

Sat Jun 17th 2017, at 12:28 pm

dianejoynorman commented:

I lived in these prefabs and went to Marvels Lane school. I remember the River Quaggy - for years I thought all streams were called Quaggies! I remember being hit across the hand with a ruler - I was only 4 or 5 years old! That would have been 1957. Anyone remember Mirror Path?

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