By John Grainger, Property editor
We’ve got a lot to thank the Edwardians for.
Powered flight, scouting, Marmite, Peter Pan, Einstein’s theory of relativity and even, courtesy of the 1950s, Teddy Boys.
But some of the most lasting glories of the age line some of our most desirable streets. Edwardian architecture belongs to an era when large properties were common and when the elaborate decoration of the Victorian era was giving way to a simpler, but not yet modern, style.
It reflects a period on the cusp, when the Empire was at its height, but when a technology-driven future, as imagined by the likes of HG Wells, was just starting to become feasible.
Edwardian homes usually have high ceilings, large windows and, by today’s standards, generous dimensions. In our area, Harrogate has a wealth of them, as the town was still growing rapidly during the early years of the 20th century. Here are four of them, all currently for sale.
Number 8 Queens Road (middle) is a substantial stone-built house in a fantastic location on a tree-lined avenue. On one side is the town centre, just a short walk across West Park Stray, and on the other, Cold Bath Road, with all its small independent shops, and the Valley Gardens beyond.
With four floors of accommodation, it has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, two large reception rooms, study, and even, on the lower ground floor, a cinema room.
Outside, it has a private walled garden to the rear.
In Knaresborough, 40 Boroughbridge Road (above) is a detached house, built around 1903, with sizeable gardens.
It has five bedrooms and spacious reception rooms, one of which is 34 feet long, as well as a detached annexe, with two offices, shower room and garage.
Outside, it has extensive lawns, patio, sun terrace, summerhouse and wildflower garden.
Back in Harrogate, Glen Lyn (below) on Alderson Road is a detached house near the Stray, just off Leeds Road.
Built in 1904, it still has a wealth of period features, including colour leaded windows, fireplaces, wall friezes and high cornice ceilings.
It has four bedrooms, a private rear garden with lawn, stone-built open-fronted storehouse, detached single garage and off-street parking.
A little further south off Leeds Road, 14 Wheatlands Road (main pic) is a semi-detached family home with three floors of accommodation.
It has the high ceilings and generous propertions typical of its period, with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two reception rooms and a good-sized study or utility room.
The first-floor landing is also large enough to have a study area, and the master bedroom has a large bay window overlooking the front gardens, with Jack & Jill bathroom.
It also has a long back garden, with mature oak tree, sun terrace, raised wooden decking area and a sizeable wooden tool shed. Double wooden gates onto Waverley Crescent could provide additional off-street parking if need be.