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stefancouperus
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16 of 22  Thu 27th Mar 2014 12:32pm  
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Thanks! I will do some Google maps explorations now.
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deanocity3
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17 of 22  Thu 27th Mar 2014 1:54pm  
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A zoom in from Google street view of Thistleyfields.brick works looks too new though
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Annewiggy
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18 of 22  Thu 27th Mar 2014 1:59pm  
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These were war time houses, I think the roofs were put on in the 1960's as I used to come that way home from school sometimes.
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TEKMELF
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19 of 22  Thu 27th Mar 2014 5:16pm  
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These were known by the Radford council workers as "Mickey Mouse" houses because the stairs which should have led to an upper floor led to the ceiling.The cold water tank was in an insulated box on the roof and access to it was climbing up the round holes at the sides of the porch
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TonyS
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20 of 22  Thu 27th Mar 2014 5:34pm  
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But they only seem to lead to a flat roof above the porch?
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scrutiny
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21 of 22  Fri 28th Mar 2014 7:25am  
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There used to be some similar properties along Dillotford Ave. They were known as the "half-builds". With the onset of the war, all building work was ceased so that labour and materials could be used for the war effort. All building firms were told to "bung a low roof" on existing houses being built, hence the concrete staircase leading up to the ceiling and a flat concrete roof. These properties had a bathroom, store room, a small kitchen and a bedsit lounge. Used for oaps. Also this is where the term "bungalow" came from. Wink Edited by member, 28th Mar 2014 3:22 pm
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stefancouperus
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22 of 22  Fri 28th Mar 2014 7:50am  
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Thanks for the inputs! Yes indeed, throughout Britain houses were downsized simply cut in half whilst building them. In London many wartime houses were even further subdivided (for more families) once completed.
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