July 2021

What are some of the key characteristics of a Victorian Property?

In our previous architectural blog post we focussed on the characteristics of Georgian properties. Following on from this we highlight the features of Victorian domestic architecture.

The Victorian era

The Victorian period spans from 1837 – 1901 the long reigning Queen Victoria giving her name to the era. Nationally, building during this time ranged from terraced houses in the inner city, often built for factory workers, to large, detached houses with driveways and gardens. Some features of Victorian architecture are like those of the Georgian era; however, these features often appear more embellished or on a grander scale for example sash windows and fireplaces.

Edinburgh, like Glasgow, was a powerhouse of the British Empire during the Victorian era and there was a building boom lasting from around 1851-1881. Much of Scottish Victorian architecture referenced earlier Gothic architectural styles of the Late Middle Ages and is known as the Scots Baronial style. It is typified by turrets with conical roofs, corbelling and crowstepped stonework. In Edinburgh, Marchmont is a large area of Victorian housing south of the city centre and the housing there has many of these Scots Baronial characteristics including rubblework walls with smooth ashlar stonework to window dressings.

Other typical characteristics to look out for in a Victorian property are:

- Bay windows

- Often heavily enriched plaster cornicing in principal rooms

- Carved stonework: date stones, shields, and plaques

- Geometric and encaustic tiled floors, usually in hallways

How we can help

You may be lucky enough to find that many of these original features have remained intact and are still in perfect condition. Over time it is possible that some wear and tear has occurred so they may require some specialist care and attention. Luckily many of these beautiful features can be restored and our team at Edel can provide care and repair advice to homeowners!

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