This arrangement type, parallel blocks perpendicular to the street, is quite rare and this particular entry sequence unique. Entry is via an alleyway between blocks leading to open staircases that led to shared balcony/landings. There is limited information and so it is unclear how the space between buildings were used. British History Online refers to the courts as playgrounds. There is reference to the architect consciously thinking through this unique layout to account for the perceived weaknesses of the Industrial Dwelling (Model Cottage) type and gallery access type. Namely, issues of light and privacy. The entry ‘balconies’ were intended to be appropriated by tenants: “Chancellor thought the balconies would not only increase ventilation, but allow the inhabitants to express (and improve) themselves by cultivating flowers there.” [British History Online]
- street (city) ⇒ enter gap between buildings (boundary) ⇒ pass through playground/court (crossing) ⇒ enter stair lobby (one of four) ⇒ stair (ascend) ⇒ landing/balcony ⇒ door (two)
- Weak; the entry sequence is hidden from street; emphasis is on tenement block identity
- All images from Working-class Housing in 19th Century Britain, John Nelson Tarn, CUP Archive, 1971.
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