Book your place now for our online talk series: Building the Victorian and Edwardian terraced house

We are happy to announce that our online talk series, ‘Building the Victorian and Edwardian terraced house’ will begin on the 2nd November 2021. Get the 6 events in the series for the price of 5 or book individually.

Photo - Walthamstow Terrace, London. Photo Credit- ProfDEH licensed under Creative Commons.

Photo: Walthamstow Terrace, London. Photo Credit: ProfDEH licensed under Creative Commons.


Our online Autumn lecture series will focus on the terraced house, the ordinary but much-loved housing that forms the bedrock of English and Welsh cities. Book your place on all 6 events for the price of 5 here.

We will explore how Victorian and Edwardian terraces came to be. The evolution from the flat fronted Georgian terrace with basement to the classic Victorian and Edwardian bay-windowed house, with front garden, double reception, and side return. Where did that distinctive shape come from? How did urban planning and building regulations develop, how did landowners and builders finance them. We will look at how they were designed, the building trades, materials, design and construction and key drivers such as the development of public transport. We will look at slightly different form of the back-to-back houses characteristic of the working-class districts of the Midlands and the North.

To finish we will consider how the terrace house plan form has been reinterpreted by 20th and 21st century architects and how original Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing can be adapted successfully and sustainably for 21st century living.

The series will look at examples from around the country, including urban and suburban London, the Welsh Streets of Liverpool, back-to-back housing in Leeds, and new projects in Salford and Norwich.


You can book each talk individually, or all 6 for the price of 5 here.

1) Origin and history of the terraced house- 2nd November

Alec Forshaw, historian & urban designer will open the series by tracing the origins & history of the terraced house in Bloomsbury.

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2) Real Estate development and the small, terraced house- 10th November

Gareth Carr, architect and lecturer at Wrexham Glyndwr University, will look at development through the Welsh Streets in Liverpool.

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3) Design and construction of the Victorian and Edwardian terraced house-16th November

Architectural historian and The Victorian Society trustee, Kit Wedd will explore the materials, design and construction of the terraced house.

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4) Origin, development and decline of back-to-back housing- 23rd November

Joanne Harrison, architect and heritage consultant, will trace the development of back-to-back house building in Leeds.

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5) Transport and the development of the Victorian and Edwardian suburbs- 30th November

Edmund Bird, heritage manager at Transport for London will discuss the development of London’s transport infrastructure.

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6) The terrace house plan in the 20th and 21st centuries- 7th December

Practicing architect and professor of architecture, Dave King, will cover the reinterpretation and sustainable reuse of the terrace house.

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