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Corrugated iron pavilions

The increasing popularity of cricket towards the end of the nineteenth century provided a significant sales opportunity for manufacturers of iron-clad and timber-clad portable buildings. (The word prefabricated wasn't in use, in this context, until the 1920s or thereabouts.) Several hundred corrugated iron pavilions appeared at UK cricket grounds before the First World War. The interwar years saw a rise in demand for timber-clad prefabricated pavilions. The oldest surviving corrugated iron pavilions still in use for cricket date from the late 1880s. They could be very simple, basic sheds with a single space, or slightly more sophisticated with opening shutters. At the top end of the market were more decorative pavilions, with lacy ironwork and elegant verandas.


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