Honington Character Area (view detailed map) is a small residential area defined by one style of building resulting from a single phase of building during the 1950s of semi-detached single-fronted prefabricated ‘Hawksley’ bungalows set on large, wide plots. The Character Area forms part of the much larger Ermine West housing development and shares a pattern of gently curving streets and cul-de-sacs with that area. The bungalows face on to the streets and are also orientated to face the street on corners.

Most of the houses are painted in white or pastel colours and have had replacement windows and doors fitted; some have also been rendered and re-roofed. The many privet garden hedges of around 1m in height between plots as well as along plot fronts are a strong characteristic of the area. Houses and gardens are generally well maintained and there are active frontages throughout the area. The hedges, planted gardens, mature trees in some gardens and wide grass verges on junctions give a green appearance to the Character Area.

In the early 1950s 37 pre-fabricated, or ‘pre-fab’, semi-detached ‘Hawksley’ houses were built in a single phase of building in the area by the City Council. This was part of a national drive to provide cheap and easily constructed housing to replace houses damaged during the war and to provide ‘homes for heroes’. The production process utilised the factories and production methods established during wartime. In the years since their construction many of the houses have had replacement doors and windows fitted and a number have had brick and concrete ‘shells’ built round them. However, a few still exhibit many of their original external features.

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Bungalows, which have steel panel construction with panels or render on the fa├žades. Many retain their original walls and roofs, although almost all have replacement doors and windows.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.24891, -0.55044)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Semi-detached
Average Building Density: Medium