staggered buildings

staggered buildings

Postby notjim » Mon Aug 25, 2003 3:57 pm

so further to something mentioned in a different thread, why are the old buildings on Stephens G south staggered, why aren't the plots at right angles to the road, i have often wondered this.
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Postby GrahamH » Mon Aug 25, 2003 8:12 pm

These were some of the earliest buildings built on the Green in the late 17th century, although most were since adapted by the Georgians - some had gable ends facing onto the Green - and the way they were adapted in the 18th century is still evident today in that some of the window proportions and positioning are not standard.

When the Corporation first laid out the different plots in 1680, they purposely made them differenrt sizes so as to appeal to both wealthy and less well-off people.
Admittedly this does not fully explain why the south side in particular is so jagged, indeed some of the buildings are slanted at very weird angles...
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