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I remember these houses being built in the late 1940's,I was a pupil at Canvey County Primary school (opposite) at the time.We used to call them "The Atomic houses" and I believe the name arose from what we thought they looked like taking into account the mind of a ten year old influenced by the then perception of how people could be protected from an atom bomb!

Interestingly they were built that way purely because that was how they were designed- they must have been among the last houses to be built without a cavity wall as most if not all of them were adapted to incorporate a cavity wall in later years -but they were never bomb proof!

By Ian Newman
On 19/10/2009

Hi Ian
Thanks for the comment and info on the construction of these bungalows.

By Graham Stevens
On 20/10/2009

I used to live in one of the 'Atomic Bomb Proof' bungalows. I moved there in c1960, the buildings were then 15years old. Ours cost £1500 at that time and was called 'La Maison'. They were definitely 'Atomic Bomb Proof', this is how they were advertised and the walls were so hard..............

By Daphne
On 02/11/2009

Despite the recent article in the new 'Love Canvey' publication there is no proof that these bungalows are anything to do with the American 'Atomic Ranch' Style. Also any comments in the article have no connection with the Archive.

By Janet Penn
On 09/09/2011

My grandparents (Smith) lived in the second bungalow along from the Eastern end of the row facing Long Road. We called it 'the bombshell bungalow'. It had been named 'Journey's End'. They moved in about 1947/8 and lived there for about 10 years. As children living in Ilford, we always spent part of the summer holidays there, arriving by steam train from Barking station. I remember climbing up onto the roof with my Grandmother with a bucket of mortar to fix cracks in the roof, which seems to have been finished only with a sand and cement screed. Small wonder that later occupants ditched the flat roof for a pitched roof. The flat roof came into its own in the flood of 1953. Our grandparents spent the night up there while water swirled around their door. I remember the relief we all felt on learning that they were safe.

By Andrew Doig
On 15/02/2014

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