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House - Age & Construction

This page shows a number of houses from various periods. More photos and associated construction notes can be found by clicking on the links in the left-hand side of the screen. We have provided a 'potted' history of the main construction elements and a few typical specifications of houses from various times during the 20th century. Inevitably these are very generalised; new materials and techniques were slow to 'catch on' and many old and new methods ran along side each other for years. For example, you can still buy cast iron guttering and downpipes today.

Pre 1700s


18th century



19th century - 'Middle class'


19th century - 'Working class'


Early 20th century (1910 to 1930)


1950s and 1960s



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