Edmondson was building all over the top of Muswell Hill and down the northern slopes on his different estates. Each site had to be developed according to its original shape, so that road patterns and garden fences often conform to old boundaries. Woodberry Crescent is a typical example of a builder cutting his road to suit his field. This simple crescent gave the maximum number of houses on the shortest road length that he could fit into the field. It produced a secluded backwater within a minute of the shops, the sort of layout that some modern town planners seem to think they invented. Collins did exactly the same thing in Church Crescent.




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