The Yellow Brick Terraces Engulf the Fields

Surrendale Place and similar roads off Elgin Avenue, Paddington, are typical of the smaller terraces of two and three-storey houses built in this area in the 1860s. The London stock bricks have weathered well to give a mellow tone against the elaborate stucco mouldings. First floor balconies are supported on brackets and have intricately moulded cast iron railings which came from a pattern book. Side steps lead to the basement entrance below the porch. The lower storey is rendered and banded to resemble cut stone. Tall ground floor windows have Italianate heads on Gibbs brackets. The first floor windows are shorter, with incised patterns in the mouldings. Two completely different styles of decoration, one from Renaissance Italy and the other from Ruskin, one above the other. The parapet is a complicated moulding on a row of brackets. Bay windows have raised tablets on each face. The whole facade is full of detail, copying the much larger houses in next door Sutherland Avenue, but on a more modest scale.


The Facades of Houses in Surrendale Place

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Window details

  1. Details of the decorative plasterwork of the windows
     
  2. Section through the first and second floor windows showing the cast iron balcony

A cast iron porch side in Sutherland
Avenue. These elaborate panels are
typical of the period. Strong and
light in appearance, they need little
maintenance, rust hardly at all,
and a coat of paint renews them.

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