london borough of lewisham

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By 1940, 1,647 homes had been destroyed in the London borough of Lewisham, a total only exceeded in Lambeth and Stepney.  The 1944 Housing Act authorised £150 million to be spent on temporary houses.  Flat pack bungalows were constructed at great speed, often by Italian and German Prisoners of War – over 150,000 went up across the country. Excalibur is a unique example of prefab estate planning on a large scale and is the largest surviving estate of its type in England.