Monastery Street
18th century terrace - around 1790
Monastery Street

Scoffham, in his book (see bibliography) uses this terrace as an example of mathematical tiling - the top half of the buildings, at the front, looks like brickwork, but in fact is clay tiles hung onto wooden frames and then pointed like brick.

As he notes, the wooden weatherboarding at the side, as seen in this photo, shows that that part of the structure is not in fact brick.

The roof is a 'half-hipped', meaning it does not have a triangular exposed gable, but has a short slope instead.

The houses are descibed as having doorcases with 'reeded pilasters', 'rectangular fanlights' and 'panelled doors', unexpectedly elaborate for such small, 'poor' houses.



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