Wartime nurseries, such as the one at Fleetville were made of sturdier materials, but were, nonetheless, a temporary solution to accommodation problems. Fleetville Nursery, erected in 1942, continues to serve its community functions over 70 years later. In 1946 huge numbers of HORSA huts were put up at secondary schools to serve the increased school leaving age to 15; and many were still in place to welcome pupils nearly thirty years later when the leaving age was raised further to sixteen.
Churches, of course, have often acquired temporary buildings; both Hatfield Road Methodist Church and St Paul's put up their tin buildings; and the formative St Mary's began with a second-hand timber structure.
|The first Bunch of Cherries building.|
|Salwey headquarters of the 2nd (Camp) St Albans Scouts.|
|Smallford Station today from the former station yard.|
Though not in St Albans, Barclay's Bank opened its Welwyn Garden City branch in a tiny – and I really mean tiny – timber building near the Campus in the 1920s, and International Stores, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer were among the retailers who deployed Nissen huts in the years after WW2.
We seem to have relied on our temporary structures in so many circumstances.