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    Georgian housing

    The Georgian period is often associated with the building of large town houses in a neo-classical style. Most people, however, lived in far more modest buildings, which were still characterised by the prevailing trends of proportion, symmetry and elegance.



    The double-hung sash window is typical of the period, but in contrast to similar windows from the later Victorian era, the Georgian model was a fitted with more panes of glass, usually six-over-six or eight-over-eight panes. Windows nearest the roof were generally smaller than those on lower floors.

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    Another identifying feature of Georgian properties will be the parapet hiding the roof. Houses were built of brick with a lime mortar. Repairs to the pointing should always be carried out using lime with a traditional flush joint, with the mortar finishing flush with the brick face. The ground floor walls of Georgian houses were often stucco-faced, where a decorative render or plaster was applied to the wall.

    Panelling on internal walls remained popular at this time, but the panels only reached dado height and the plaster above was either painted or papered.

    Fanlights fitted into the doorcases of front doors and pillars either side of the front door were also a common feature during this period. The Georgians love affair with classical architecture is demonstrated in the use of entablatures, pediments, consoles and either pilasters or columns in building design.

    Finally, a modern misconception has arisen about Georgian door furniture due to many products purporting to replicate Georgian door furniture being made from brass. Authentic Georgian door furniture was made from cast iron and painted black.

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