Victorian Period Homes

27/06/2016 - 3 minutes read

Victorian Period Homes

Everyone loves the Victorian period. At times, it seems almost close enough to touch, yet far enough away to be safely in history. Victorian architecture fascinates us; we visit listed buildings at weekends and enjoy retrofit and Victorian conservation projects.

Housing Demand

As the Industrial Revolution took hold, during the Victorian era, the population doubled between 1841 and 1901. In so doing, housing grew in response to the need for more houses.

Social Climbing

In particular the growing middle classes wanted to own their own homes and the fashionable villas appealed to their new upmarket status. This rapidly expanding band of people, who were now beginning to earn good money from the effects of industrialisation and population growth, wanted to abandon living in the old back to back terraced houses which still proliferate today; such houses populated the industrial areas where poorer workers could live close to their factories and city jobs.

Middle Class Wealth

The aspiring middle classes, enjoying their new wealth and wanting to emulate the richer aristocracy above them, left the cramped terraced buildings in their droves; they moved out to the suburbs to occupy the larger properties that were now being built with nice gardens. They now had ‘land’ and could feel more like the landed gentry, the set they admired most and wanted to feel a part of.

Taxes

In 1850 the window tax was abolished. This is why from the mid to late Victorian era, there was an increase in large bay windows. Sash windows still enjoyed their place as the window of the time and their popularity continued.
As brick tax was removed in the same year, builders could build taller houses and use different styles of brickwork without worrying so much about the cost.

Victorian To Modern

It is evident from this time in history how casement windows were part of the new trend in house building; if you look around as you go about your 21st century life you will see hundreds of examples of everyday Victorian properties, and not necessarily Grade 1 listed buildings, with the architecture still intact and lots of box sash windows.

Envirosash provides high quality sash window restoration services to London and the South of England. We restore, draught proof and install slim double glazing into existing period windows and doors. We also manufacture bespoke made to measure windows and doors, all our joinery is crafted from Accoya wood.

Contact Alex on 0800 292 2309 today to arrange a free survey and quote with no obligation.