The Victorian Home

The Victorian period ranges from 1830-1901 under the rule of Queen Victoria I

The period was a time of the industrial revolution which in turn lead to the mass production of houses and increasing wealth. Pre victorian period houses were owned by gentry and wealthy landowners. In the Victorian era wealth began to be spread across society in the wake of the industrial revolution  this lead to houses becoming less grand and more accessible.

Due to this increase of wealth it became necessary to build more homes. The Victorian era is often characterised by rows of terraced houses on narrow streets, however terraced housing was commonplace before Victorian era many georgian houses in London were built within a terrace. During the Industrial revolution there was a boom in terrace houses including what was known as the ‘back to backs’ . These were houses built close to factories no garden and poor sanitation. This became illegal in the late 19th century which made way for the byelaw terrace which we see today, these often open onto the road and are very simple in design. Mostly seen in the former industrial areas such as the midlands and the North of England.

High ceilings and large windows are often a feature of Victorian homes but the internal layout is more cramped with a long and thin footprint compared to the georgian design. Often victorian properties had elaborate design details this reflected the wealth of the owner and those coming into ‘new’ money

Victorian Characteristics
  • Coloured brickwork

  • High pitched roof

  • Ornate gable trim

  • Front door to side of facade

  • Narrow hallway

  • Stained glass windows

  • Bay windows – window seats for reading /writing

  • Dark furniture and floors

  • Fireplaces in all the rooms