Late '90s pic.
I think this terrace is worth a few more words ... nowhere else to talk about them really. All protected structures. Built 1820s.
They're looking a lot better now than they used to. As can be seen in the late '90s pic, they were fairly rough. Seemed touch and go whether they'd be kept. Another similar terrace on Winetavern Street beside Christchurch was demolished in the '60s, so I think it was good that these were kept.
The three on the left, Nos. 82, 83 & 84, were restored circa 2000. The timber Doric shopfronts and Wyatt sash windows had been either inappropriately replaced, altered or were in poor condition, so all were remade (some small elements of original shopfront fabric may remain). Arguably more surviving original joinery fabric could have been retained.
The facades got a type of flush pointing in lime mortar, which was the DCC Conservation Office-approved pointing at the time. That might seem a bit crude to us now with all this fine tuck pointing going on to period buildings around the city, but it was a big step forward to get people to stop cement pointing.
This was the early days of the P&D Act 2000 so it was a major achievement to get buildings like these in a more marginal area restored to a decent standard. As far as I know the DCC Conservation Officer at the time, Nicci Mathews, did a lot of work on this and helped owners receive available PS grants for the work.
If you read the planning permission conditions for Nos. 83 & 84 (Ref. 2039/00), there's a sense of being dragged kicking and screaming into the age of the new conservation legislation. Eg. Condition 4:
[INDENT](I) Refurbishment works to the roof shall allow for the retention of the profile of the original roof. Replacement slates shall be of natural slate to match the existing. (ii)The existing facades and rear walls of the building shall be retained and restored and shall allow for the rebedding of the original parapet level and the reinstatement of the third floor window opes and arches. The method and materials for the cleaning, re- pointing or replacement of brickwork /masonry shall be the subject of written agreement with the Planning Authority following the submission of details. (iii) A detailed statement of the method for the retention, repair and where appropriate replacement of the windows in both buildings shall be submitted for written agreement prior to incorporation into the proposed development. (iv) All existing internal architectural features of note including the architraves, skirting, picture rails etc. shall be retained, protected and made good. Reason: To ensure the protection of the architectural character of these Protected Structures [/INDENT]
An applicant today would have to submit a detailed schedule for all of that repair work to a PS themselves before an application would even be validated.
So the restoration of this building in the terrace a year or two ago maybe gives a better idea of de present state of knowledge in conservation.
As gunter said, it would probably be nice someday to restore the two at the end, Nos. 78 & 79, whose window opes were changed, to the original Wyatt window and Doric shopfront design, and also infill the gaps to each side of the terrace thanks to DIT Bolton Street's car park. As seen in this drawing from Shaw's Directory of 1850, the shopfronts of the two at the end had already been knocked into one by 1850, but the Wyatt sashes were still in situ upstairs.
The plans of the building at each extremity of the terrace taper away to nothing at the back, which I suppose tells you that the terrace itself was an infill, & was dictated existing buildings. Adds to their peculiarity.
Seen better on Live Maps actually: Capel St.