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In search of Edwardian flat-roofed houses

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I am investigating Edwardian flat-roofed houses in Worcester for my dissertation (MSc.

Oxford Brookes).

They seem to be quite unusual and could be worthy of protection, but in order to put them into their context I need to know if they are peculiar to Worcester or if flat-roofed terraces were commonplace in other parts of the country.

We generally think of flatroofed houses as belonging to the 1960s - quick to build, quick to pull down - or perhaps the 1920s and 30s, when Art Deco was the rage. But the houses in Worcester are different. They were built in 1905, when flat roofs on typical Edwardian terraced houses were very unusual.

At the time, Edgar Wood was working with concrete, Letchworth was just under way and Courtenay Square was not even a twinkle in Adshead's eye.

Some of the Worcester houses might have had flat roofs to make them look more elegant, or perhaps it was just because they were cheaper to build that way. The Henwick Road houses are set on higher ground overlooking the racecourse, so the enterprising developer put railings around the roof allowing them to be used as viewing decks. Quite a selling feature!

I would like to know if there are others like them across the country. If you are aware of any please email Richard@royle 7774. fsworld. co. uk Heather Royle, conservation officer, Herefordshire Council

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