8. St Martins Cottages 1869 (architect unknown) Liverpool (demolished)

These cottages represent a minor variation on the Henry Roberts model and the Glasgow tenement. The vertical core is open to the façade but with the stairs set back so they are both less visible and connected to the street. The landing leading to front doors is located towards the front. Multiple blocks were erected along parallel streets but with gaps between each adjacent building. The urban pattern itself is a departure from previous types, pre-figuring the zeilenbau parallel layouts developed in Germany in the 1920s.

Because of the often small flats sizes of dwellings in this period there tends to be elements of interior life that spills out into the circulation spaces. The first image shows washing that’s been put out to dry in one of the landings.


  • street (city) ⇒ steps (variable) ⇒ enter recessed void (boundary) ⇒ stair (ascend) ⇒ landing (view to street) ⇒ door (pair)

Unit identity

  • Fair; doors are visible from street and units correspond to left and right sides of the circulation void



St Martin's Plan

  • Black & white photographs from http://streetsofliverpool.co.uk/st-martins-cottages/ and http://www.liverpoolpicturebook.com/2014/11/picsofthedaynovember.html?m=0
  • Site map from Liverpool Record Office (LRO) obtained from http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?4690-Ashfield-Cottages%97Hopwood-Street%971900-s&p=60123&viewfull=1&styleid=11

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