Wooden Flooring
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image 1Georgian floorboards would have been made from oak or a soft wood that would have been stained to look like a hardwood. They would of been hand cut and nailed down at right angles to the underneath joists. In the grander rooms, boards of 5 - 8 inches were used and the larger 8 - 10 were used in the less noble rooms and houses.

Most Victorian houses used wooden floorboards. They were laid onto joists and nailed down. The floor boards created a suspended floor, where the air-gap helped to prevent damp.

Edwardian floorboards were narrower than the Victorians. They were butted up against each other or tongue and grooved. Boards were made from pine or deal and stained or waxed to look like hardwood. Bedroom wooden floors would of been parquet or boards painted white with a rug in the centre.

Parquet flooring was popular between the Edwardian and Thirties period. Parquet flooring is most suitable for solid floors i.e. concrete, which would most likely to be on the ground floor of the house like the hall and living space. Parquetry is small blocks of hardwood glued down onto a subfloor providing a hardwearing surface to cater with daily life. The block would be laid down in a geometrical pattern to create a decorative effect; the herringbone pattern was most popular.



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Useful Links to Articles

History of Parquet Flooring: Parquet House

History of Russian Parquet Flooring

Caring for your Parquet Floor: Parquet House

Youtube: Sanding and varnishing a herringbone wooden floor



Forum Debates

Channel 4 Homes Forum

The Flooring Book

The Flooring Book

1001 Ideas for Floors

1001 Ideas for Floors

Hardwood Floors: Laying, Sanding and Finishing

Hardwood Floors: Laying, Sanding and Finishing

Useful Research Websites

BBC Homes 1920's:

BBC Homes 1930's

Hidden House History

Francis Frith Photo Archive

The Geffrye Museum

English Architecture: Britain Express

Looking at Buildings: Pevsner Architectural Guides







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