Queen Elizabeth's Walk; Even Numbers from 92
This terrace, built about 1875, consists of a mixture of single-fronted and double-fronted, two-storey houses, but so well designed as to appear to be one unit. Each house has one or two, three-sided bays covered with lozenge shaped slates. One three-sided bay has been replaced with a square, oriel window. The houses are built in yellow stock bricks, with stone (or artificial stone) pillars and lintels to the windows. The mouldings on the pillars are very simple, with small, round pillars incorporated into the main pillars, not separate.
The slate roofs have a low pitch, more like Regency houses of forty years earlier. They contrast with the steeply sloped roofs on the other side of the road. If one wanted to, the even numbered houses could be traced back to classical designs and Italy, while the odd numbers could be shown to come from Gothic designs and Northern Europe. Tenuous traces, but they are there.
The party walls protrude about 40 centimetres above the roof as a fire precaution. All the chimneys in both houses go up into one, long chimney. This required very skilled planning and bricklaying, for each chimney had to be separate. It had to bend so that the wind would not blow down the chimney and make the fire smoke, and it could not cross another chimney.
No. 88 has had the chimney pots removed and the holes capped with ridge tiles, so that the chimneys can still be used for gas fires or as ventilation.
From No. 72 onwards, the houses are slightly larger, with more elaborate doorways and foliate decoration. This contrasts with the greater restraint of the No. 92 end of the road.
|The Stanford Map of 1877