Monday, 8 August 2011

Tottenham riots destroy Georgian terrace

These before and after photographs show the wreckage of a locally listed Georgian terrace in Tottenham High Road, following the attentions of rioters this weekend.

The Tottenham Conservation Areas Character Appraisal has this to say about the terrace:

"To the south of Dowsett Road, Nos 530 to 536 High Rd comprise an attractive local listed symmetrical three storey early C19 terrace originally built as four Regency houses with a lower right side extension, orignally set well back from the road behind long front gardens. The end bays of the main building are set slightly forward beneath shallow pediments, the others have a parapet with stone copings which conceal the shallow slate roofs, but above which tall brick chimney stacks and terracotta pots add interest to the roofscape. The former front gardens were built over with attractively detailed single storey extensions at the end of the 19th century that extend forward to the High Road.

"This handsome terrace is of particular interest. It is constructed of yellow London stock bricks with largely unadorned facades, which include undecorated pediments and round-headed arcading around the first floor sash windows. The right side addition contains an attractive stucco panel at high level which has pilasters and entablature with Soane-style detailing. In contrast, their retail frontages, restored in the 1990s with grant assistance as part of a CAP scheme, are richly detailed with timber shopfronts with stallrisers and toplights and stucco surrounds with pilasters in the form of Ionic attached columns, entablatures with corbels, moulded cornices and parapets with stone copings and ball finials, which provide the group with a sense of rhythm and proportion and add significantly to the character and appearance of this part of the conservation area." 

We are offering the London Borough of Haringey conservation team our immediate support with a view to getting the terrace restored and where necessary rebuilt.

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