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Please imagine that you are back in the early 1900s England, are in regular working class employment and are interested in taking over a modern house. That would mean that it would be late Victorian or Edwardian. This page supplies the sort of information that a estate agent might draw up for you and is presented like an estate agent's prospectus. It outlines the general area, gives house plans and descriptions of rooms plus the facilities.
In practice, though, in the early years of the 20th century, no estate agent would have bothered to draw up information on these houses because modern homes were so in demand that they went by word of mouth. Many people were still living in slums.
See the photo on the left.
The house is compact and terraced with all the modern conveniences expected of a Victorian and Edwardian home: kitchen, scullery, front parlour and bedrooms. There is also an offroom with a bath, back and front gardens and a flush lavatory outside. There is gas lighting, a copper water heater and a coal-fired kitchen range.
For the layout and room plans see the separate page.
When looking over the house, you would probably see the following areas in the following order:
Turning back into the house, you would climb the stairs to the upper floor where you might see the rooms in the following order:
Running water is plumbed in with a tap in the scullery; gas is laid on for lighting; heating is by open coal fires and coal-fired ranges in the kitchen and scullery; hot water is by a coal-fired copper in the scullery (or by a kettle heated on a range); the outside lavatory flushes.
For an estimation see the page on rents and incomes.