London period property – A BRIEF GUIDE
London is a historic city almost 2,000 years old and has a huge variety of property. Today we will be focusing on the three most common types of residential period property in central London. These three periods range from the 1700s to the early 1900s. Today they still dominate London’s property scene after the Great Fire of London destroyed nearly all of the city’s wooden buildings in the 1600s. Many architects still borrow from these periods when designing new homes.
If you are looking to buy in London, chances are you will be running into many period properties during your search. By the end of this article you should have no problem recognising each one.
The earliest era in our list (1714-1830) – Georgian homes are perhaps the quintessential London property. The Prime Minister’s official residence, Number 10 Downing Street, is in fact Georgian.
Common features of Georgian property:
- roofs often hidden from street level
- crescent-shaped ‘fan-light’ above the front door
- terraced Georgian properties frequently surround a shared garden square – owing to the fact many didn’t have the space for private rear gardens
- usually made from London stock brick – sometimes in a distinctive yellow or grey
- white or a light cream render on the exterior
- cast-iron railings and Juliette balconies
- tall sash windows
- small room layouts to accommodate servant quarters
- red brickwork with more uniform and larger, rectangular bricks
- bay sash windows allowing natural light to enter from more angles
- intricate detailing on brickwork
- high ceilings
- steep roofs visible from street level with grand design elements (spires etc.)
The shortest of the three architectural periods (1901-1914) but it has still left its mark on the capital. Edwardian property was popular during the expansion of London’s suburbs – areas that are now in Zone 2/3. You will see plenty of Edwardian architecture in areas like Chiswick and Queen’s Park.
Common features of Edwardian property:
- less extravagant detailing than Victorian property
- mock Tudor detailing on roof
- wooden fixtures surrounding the porch
- less fussy interiors with fewer artistic flourishes – a strong emphasis on space
- more windows at the rear of the property
- often set back from the road for greater privacy
buying a period property in LONDON?
It is worth remembering that the vast majority of London period properties have undergone extensive renovations over the decades and may now have very different characteristics from the time they were built. For instance many London Georgian properties originally consisting of small rooms now often have open-plan layouts and additional rear windows have been added to old servant quarters to gain more natural light. Furthermore just because a property uses Victorian or Georgian architecture does not necessarily mean it was built during that time period. Many architects designing houses in the 20th century borrowed from these periods, sometimes mixing styles. A look at a property’s legal title will always show when it was actually built.
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