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1714- 1837
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1837 - 1901
Edwardian
1901 - 1920
1920 - 1939
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Period House Style: The Edwardian House
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image 1The start of the Edwardian period began when Edward VII became king on the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. This period was relatively short compared to the long reign of Victoria but the Edwardian style is generally recognized to have lasted until 1920 (10 years after Edward VII's death).

Although the Edwardian period was much shorter than the Victorian period, the housing boom at that time meant that the architecture of that time heavily dominates our present suburbs.

There was a rise in the new middle classes and a demand for airy, larger homes that were easily commutable to the towns and cities. New suburbs sprung up on the edges of cities and towns in leafy outskirts close to the new railway lines.

Mortgages were not easily accessible at the time so 90% of homes were owned by investors and rented out to tenants.

These new garden suburbs consisted of a mix of semis, villas and terraces, built from local materials. Edwardian houses tended to be shorter in height than the earlier Victorian homes. Rooms for servants were no longer needed so gone were the cellars and second floors. Edwardian houses were built on a larger plot than the Victorians and were likely to be wider to accommodate a larger hall and longer for a bigger garden front and back.

The new middle classes wanted to show off there new found wealth. External decoration was flamboyant and elaborate. Carved woodwork adorned balconies, veranda, and porches. Multi paned sashes and casements with simpler leaded glass sat within deep bay windows. Large panelled painted doors with Art Nouveau or Neo-Georgian glass. Entrances were tiled on both walls and paths.

"They are wonderfully built, beautifully designed, and they don't substitute tons of fussy detail and ornament for a sense of proportion in the way that Victorian houses do. They represent a return to the classical stylistic references." Ian Dungavell: Telegraph

 

Gable Ends

Wooden Balconies and Verandas

Porches

Fancy Tiling & Terracotta Details

Exterior Key features of the Edwardian Home

 

Deep Bay Windows

Multi Paned Sashes and Casements

Leaded Glass

Painted Panelled Doors

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The Edwardian Home

The Edwardian House Explained

The Edwardian House

Interiors

Edwardian Rooms were fewer but larger lighter spaces compared to the Victorian homes. Heavy, cluttered, dark interiors were replaced with clean light simple spaces. A need for cleanliness and more hygienic homes meant that decorative detail became simpler. Ceiling and plaster work was still popular but with less complicated designs that did not collect dust and dirt.

What started as a style became a necessity: the servantless, working woman wanted a wipe-clean life, freed from ornate, dusty, labour-intensive bric-a-brac. Unless you were the kind of free spirit who rejoiced in shabbiness and dirt, clean lines meant exactly that: clean houses. Virginia Nicholson

Wider plots in the suburbs meant that a window could be set next to the front door, creating more light to show off the wider hall and elaborate staircase.

Electricity became available after 1913 so before that Edwardian homes had gas light downstairs. Internal bathrooms was still a new concept and mains water supplies and sewers were often not able to cope with the later demand of running water and plumbing around the house.

Art Nouveau designs rarely seen on the exterior of the house dominated the internal decoration. Floral and other plant-inspired motifs could be found on wallpaper, lincrusta, tiles, fabrics and lighting. Wallpaper was very popular as was stenciling.


 

Plaster Coving

Encaustic tiles

Lighting

Timber Mouldings

Interior Key features of the Edwardian Home

 

Leaded Glass

Fireplaces

Wallcoverings

Wooden Flooring

 

 

Victorian and Edwardian Decor

Edwardian House Style Handbook

Edwardian House Style

 

 

 

Edwardian Home Products

Edwardian Fireplace Mantels: c20fires

Edwardian lighting: Cambridge Antique Lighting

The Antique Lighting Company

Wallpapers and Fabrics from 1900 to 1920: Historic Style

Sash Repairs

 

Articles

The Edwardian House has come to symbolise everything we like about the English home. By Caroline McGhie

Victorian and Edwardian homes - renovate or demolish: BRE

From parlour to boardroom, women have tried to define their place in the world through decor By Virginia Nicholson

 

 

 
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Period House Style
Georgian & Regency
1714- 1837
Victorian
1837 - 1901
Edwardian
1901 - 1920
1920 - 1939
1945 - 1970
Designer's Style
Sourcing Products
Exterior Detail
Interior Detail
Front Doors
Gable Ends
Porches
Bay Windows
Stained Glass
Fireplaces
Wallpaper
Balconies
Oak Panelling
Fanlights
Bakelite