Looking at Buildings

, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Tour, Part 1

Sheffield, Flower Estate, Nos. 17-19 Primrose Avenue
Sheffield, Flower Estate, Nos. 161-3 Foxglove Road

The tour shows the houses built for the 1907 Exhibition. You can compare their present appearance with the drawings produced in the official Exhibition catalogue. You will see that the architects idealised their designs.

Local architects designed many of the cottages. They were criticised at the time for their undistinguished facades and unoriginal interior planning. In particular some cottages were designed with a separate parlourGlossary Term [1]. This was thought unnecessary but tenants liked it. Others thought there were too many varieties of design, which looked untidy.

Sheffield, Flower Estate, Nos.73-75 Primrose Avenue
Sheffield, Flower Estate, 102-104 Primrose Avenue

The cottages had to be built for between £135 and £175. This meant that there could be little decoration. However, their low ceilings and small-paned windows gave the interiors a cottage-like atmosphere. This was quite different from the terraced houses built in the city.

We start in PRIMROSE AVENUE near the junction with Bellhouse Road. Nos. 102-104 are by F. W. Chapman. Then Nos. 78-84 (Myrtle Cottages) by H.L. Paterson. They have rounded parapets to the gables.

gableGlossary Term [2] facing the road. They are by H. Stanley-Barrett & Driver of London, who were the architects of a pair of cottages in the 1905 Letchworth exhibition.

Nos. 69-71, a plain hipped-roof semi-detached by Henry Webster (who also designed Nos. 65-67), are also by Webster. Its double-gabled design was copied by the Corporation in the 1930s on the Parson Cross estate.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009