Excalibur

Deep in amongst the quiet back streets of Catford in the London borough of Lewisham lies a unique 12 acre site of post-war history.

The Excalibur estate, constructed in 1946 by German and Italian prisoners of war consists of 187 single-story prefab houses built as temporary accommodation to alleviate the housing shortage caused by the London blitz of the Second World War.

Despite the intentions for the estate as a short term solution, Excalibur survived well beyond its forecasted ten year life span. Now facing demolition by Lewisham Council, the community of Excalibur is stronger than ever, and is once more summoning up the Blitz spirit and standing firm.