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Arboretum heritage – look up

So many comments have been made about the different rooflines and windows – especially during the Love The Arboretum festival where some folks have had the opportunity of using their bay windows for a display, others have use their up and down stair flush windows.

Houses on the Arboretum were built like all developments …in lots that the grounds were sliced up into. In our case only half the lots had a standard size because the other half were still being used as part of the Leisure Garden.
A sign of the different “villa”s and blocks that were built over the early 19th and 20th century.
Blocks of up to 3/4 houses had planning permission applied for from the late 18th century. More often than not, applications were granted after very little tweaking from 1803-1850.
The difference in architectural styles were a combination of cheaper building materials, techniques, “fashions”, more varied building materials and reuse of other materials unused in other projects.

Note the two-port chimney and the window has been updated, but still shows the shape of the window surround.
The two-port window will have been at the end of the submitted row of houses. So the end wall of the property (under the chimney) will have been 9 inch solid brickwork. The adjacent property will have been built up against that wall using it as the end of that row of houses.

Note, also, the use of slate roofs and tiled roofs and how the slopes of the roofed reflected the changes. e.g. shallower sloped roofs wee generally for slated roofing as the weight of the slates meant they were fixed in a different way.