London, like many other British cities, has a wide variety of architectural styles from different eras such as the elegant stucco-fronted Georgian Homes surrounding Regent’s Park. There is no greater testament to time than admiring the beautiful buildings unique to their era. Have you ever looked at your home and wondered what era it was built in? Here you can inspect the three main styles such as Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian, more closely and how you can bring out the best features of these period homes.
Georgian properties are considered to have been built between 1714 and 1830. The late Georgian period was then from 1830 to 1837. This era was given the name Georgian due to the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover, George I, George II, George III and George IV. One of the most famous Georgian homes in London would be the Prime Ministers residence of 10 Downing Street as well as the white-painted mansions that line Regent’s Park. Common traits of these homes are their symmetrical proportions with high ceilings, flat or shallow roofs, stucco-faced exterior, elongated windows with the addition of an arched window above the main entrance. These homes were built to be spacious and comfortable with a heightened sense of space and light. If you look closely at these homes, you may notice something a bit off with the brickwork. This will be from a bricked-up window. Due to the introduction of the window tax between 1969 and 1851. The more windows you had and the bigger they were the richer the owner was. So, to avoid high taxes, many homeowners would brick up their windows to ensure the tax was lifted and most are still bricked up to this day.
Ranging from 1837 to 1901 under the reign of Queen Victoria I, the Victorian period saw an increase in population and an expansion of the middle class. Whilst some of these properties still retain some characteristics of Georgian homes, they were also highly influenced by the renaissance and Gothic revival movement. Some ways to distinguish these buildings from the ones of a different era is by looking for some of those Gothic features such as pointed roofs with pointed windows that are sometimes decorated with a wooden trim over the edges, roof gables and dormers. During the Victorian era, Britain saw many changes to society and the way buildings were constructed. There is even some difference between the early Victorian homes compared to the later ones. Earlier Victorian homes typically had more complex features, porches and bay windows, where as the period went on so did the designs and they became simpler as more building materials were made from iron and glass. Other identifying marks are terracotta tiles, ornamental stonework, and multi-coloured red bricks. Some common areas where you will see these homes in Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Primrose Hill and Hampstead.