Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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Graham, I wonder if fire regulations could have played some role in the “façade changes” of those Dutch Billy houses into Georgian ones.

The use of parapets being derived from a number of building regulations introduced by the British Parliament to reduce the risk of fire spreading from one house to another. For instance, the 1707 Building Act insisted that a party wall parapet should not stand eighteen inches above the roof line. This safety feature was soon continued around the front and rear of houses and came to be an essential feature of the Georgian town house, giving a block of terrace houses a “box-like” appearance.

Book Georgian Limerick ~ David Lee / Bob Kelly

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