One of the things I love about British suburbia is that so many homes in this style have survived from the 1930’s when most of them were built. I think the reason this black and white “half timbered” look was so popular at the time is that it harked back to a romantic, swashbuckling age when the country faced the threat of war. The Tudor dynasty, best remembered for Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I, ruled throughout the 16th century, a time of exploration and empire building. At the same time, this is architecture on a very human, comfortable scale. The people who first moved into these homes would have been able to furnish them with “Tudorbethan” furniture and the front garden could be edged, as Tudor ones often were, with clipped hedges (privet rather than the original box). It is a testament to the speculators who chose to build these homes to these designs that efforts are made to retain their original appearance when it would probably be easier to tear off the wood trim and paint it a single colour.
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