Friday, 20 October 2017

The not-so-humble terrace

JACKSONS Residential has this charming two-bedroom bay-fronted terraced home situated within a short walk of the river. The property in Albert Road has a dual-aspect living room, a modern kitchen, two bedrooms and a ground floor bathroom. The property is available for a guide price of £365,000. For more details, call (01491) 412888.

IN architecture and city planning a terrace or townhouse is a style of medium-density housing that originated in Europe in the 16th century, where a row of identical or mirror-image houses shared side walls.

Although they later came to be associated with the working classes, one of the earliest examples of a terrace is the Place des Vosges in Paris, built between 1605 and 1612, which just oozes class and style.

In Britain, the first streets of houses with uniform fronts were built by the Huguenot entrepreneur Nicholas Barbon in the rebuilding of the city after the Great Fire of London. The style gained in popularity and reached its architectural peak during the Georgian period, when the idea of treating a row of houses as if it were a palace front, giving the central houses columned fronts under a shared pediment, first appeared.

The earliest examples of this style were seen in London’s Grosvenor Square from 1727 onwards, and in Bath’s Queen Square from 1729. The Scottish architect Robert Adam is credited with the development of the house itself.

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