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Florence Cole as a child

The front approach to houses
on Victorian & Edwardian housing estates

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The approach to the house

Front approach to a Victorian/Edwardian house on a typical housing estate

The detail in this old magazine cutting is impressive. Note the house front with its sash window and tiled garden path, typical of the Victorian housing estates; the venetian blinds at the typically shaped bay window, the aspidistra in the window, the typical working clothes of a long overall and headscarf worn by the housewife, the long socks worn by the boys and the old trolley used as a toy. The game that the boys are playing is described on a separate page.

The approach to my family's house on a Victorian and Edwardian housing estate was much the same as the approach to any other house on any other such estate.

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The front path

The path up to the front door was made of dark red and dark grey diamond-shaped tiles. The front door had two panels of patterned frosted glass. On the inside of the door was a string, attached to the knob and draped along just below the letter box to a hook so that we children who hadn't a door key could just put our hand inside the letterbox and pull the string to open the door - a device no-one would dare to have in later years.

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The front garden

The front garden was very small with an evergreen shrub round the window, a creeper that reached up to the bedroom window and a privet hedge that faced the road. Keeping it in good shape was one of the jobs that my father allowed me to take over when I was able to manage the shears.

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The front door

old Victorian / Edwardian tiled front garden path

A recent photo of the front path of one of the houses in Lopen Road which still has its original Victorian /Edwardian tiles.

All the front doors along the roads in the estate were grained and varnished and the paintwork was kept in good repair. This gave a pleasing uniformity to the road and was thanks to the owner of the estate, as the houses were rented, making the external upkeep the responsibility of the landlord.

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The hall/passage

Just inside the front door was the the hall, known as the passage. There was a rack there to hang coats and a small umbrella stand. There was also a very nice hall lantern.

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