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Edwardian living: Aquinas Street

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the Edwardian era is often remembered for the quality of its architecture and construction, with a neo-baroque style that anglicised Europe’s personality. Aquinas Street, which is tucked just in from the Thames’ southern bank and links both Coin Street and Duchy Street, has a regimented character that is reminiscent of this period’s aesthetic and structural qualities.

In an excerpt of his book ‘The Glory of the Edwardian Home’, Clive Aslet tells us: “House buyers are likely to be interested in the quality of building. This was the high-water mark of the building crafts. A higher quality of construction – across the board – was expected in the Edwardian era than at any other time, before or since. Building regulations, combined with social idealism, ensured that the flats being built by the London County Council were, and remain, a model of their kind.”

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On either side of the street are unified terraces of unaltered houses, which make use of a timeless red brick and plain clay tiled exterior. The buildings on the North side (numbers 22-38) are three storeys each, with full height canted bay, terracotta detailing and timber sash windows. Numbers 1-18 on the South side are two storey neo-Georgian terraces linked by a decorative archway. Original railings, doors and sash windows give a consistent appearance whilst occasional pediments create rhythm and variety. The iron-gated archway separating Aquinas Street from Miller Walk is a strong interpretation of the art-nouveau style that encapsulates this area.

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