Defining the decades: Terraced houses

There are nearly 7 million terraced properties across England and Wales, equating to 26% of the housing stock in the two countries according to a government report created in 2021. As the largest proportion of one style of housing, it easily makes them of the most recognisable styles around.

Terraced housing is a row of uniform homes built in a continuous line; the shared side walls enabled more homes to be built on one plot of land than would be possible with detached or semi-detached houses.

After emerging in the late 17th Century, there was a style of terraced housing for everyone. From grand aristocratic compositions intended to mimic country houses to modest workers’ housing, and as the popularity of terraces grew, builders experimented with new styles including circuses and crescents. Beautiful examples of this architecture are featured in Belgravia, London, where the grandest late Georgian and Regency terraces faced onto a garden square.

See a few examples here:

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Gerald Road, Belgravia

A charming Grade II terraced house located on arguably Belgravia's finest street, positioned on the northern side running between Elizabeth Street and South Eaton Place.

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Cheyne Row, Chelsea

Cheyne Row is one of the most historically significant streets located in the heart of 'Old Chelsea', lined with terraced houses such as this.