Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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This is a singularly unimpressive pair of houses on the east side of Capel street (nos. 31 & 32), but, when viewed from the rear, the scale of the single shared chimney stack suggests that they are likely Billys, in Victorian disguise.

In addition, no. 32 retains the guts of a cruciform roof and the rear configuration is standard Billy, but with a flat parapet and the facing brickwork entirely renewed. Remember that the late 17th century interior of no. 9 Aungier Street (discussed above) survives substantially intact despite the fact that every brick of its external appearance is no earlier than 19th century!

I don’t have any further information on these houses and they’re not on the protected structure list, but I’d like to see them investigated (perhaps now under the aegis of the Capel St. ACA) before any further works of the kind apparently under way on no. 31, are carried out.

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