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Metcalfe have just released retooled editions of their terraced houses for N gauge. These are to be joined by a corner shop in a few weeks time. You get the full news release here: N Gauge terrace news release

 

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These terrace buildings are much more of the late Victorian to Edwardian period - say 1880 - 1915. They might have been built by the local council but more likely by a land-owner or a speculative developer. If the former he may also have built the local mill/engineering works etc and these would be for his workers. Many were cleared away in the 1950s/60s/70s for tower blocks and other large flats.
Now the terrace buildings are looked on with greater favour, partly because of the looks and detailing present compared to new buildings. As they were mostly well-built, they can be updated and refurbished at a lower cost than demolition and new build. The dormer window shown in the roof of one house is more likely to be a post-WW2 addition as a result of such refurbishment.

The buildings of 50-60years ago were very varied as local authorities attempted 'quick-build' techniques to overcome the housing shortages caused by WW2 bomb damage. These included prefabricated buildings, system-built housing, often involving concrete in some form or another. Houses became rectangular blocks, often with a 'flat' roof. Many of these system buildings have shown up faults since leading to demolition or major rebuilds. I cannot recall having seen any of these houses ever modelled, except the 'prefab', probably because they were relatively limited in number.
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John Webb
 
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