Understanding Georgian & Regency London Houses

Town Planning, Leasing & Layout

Here we see how Georgian and Regency London houses were planned and how the ground and the houses built on it were leased. We look at the kinds or ‘Rates’ of houses which were built and a plan for a development in Alfred Place. We see a typical streetscape of the period in Blackfriars Bridge Road and a design for the elevations for The Royal Terrace, Adelphi, a particularly grand and important development in London.

We also see a view of Fitzroy Square which was designed by Adam to look like a series of grand palaces rather than a simple row of identical terraced houses.

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Alfred Place

Alfred Place


This is a plan by George Dance the Younger who was Soane’s early employer and to whom Soane owed much in the development of his career. The scheme is for Alfred Place near Tottenham Court Road with crescents to the north and south. The individual lots are coloured alternately pink and yellow.

The elevations of two of the houses are shown above the plan. Dance took great care with the proportions of both the plans and the elevations and kept the elevations simple so as not ‘to compete with the geometric clarity of the layout, whose dimensions were …determined by the theory of geometric harmony’. The layout still exists but all Dance’s houses have been rebuilt.