Thursday 06 December 2012

Hot Georgian postcodes in the South of England

Georgian properties are famed for their sturdy architecture, generously proportioned rooms, high ceilings and large sash windows.

Well preserved Georgian properties still exist in many pockets of the UK; here are some of the best:

BS8: Clifton, Bristol

Clifton has earned a reputation for being one of the trendiest parts of Bristol with its wealth of bars and cafes, acting as a Mecca for Bristol’s student population. However, Clifton is also home to a wealth of Georgian properties dating back to the 18th and 19th Century.

Fans of period property can find an array of Georgian gems in the heart of Clifton, in areas such as West Mall and Caledonia Place.

Here many of the five-storey terraced houses have been divided into apartments, with many retaining a wealth of original features.

E1: Spitalfields, London

East London has long been the epitome of cool, and Spitalfields is said to be home to well-known figures such as artists Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and actress Keira Knightley.

Dating back to the 1720s, the Fournier Street Conservation area, made up of Fournier Street, Princelet Street and Wilkes Street, makes up one of the best preserved collections of early Georgian townhouses in Britain.

PE13: The Brinks, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

The collection of long and narrow parallel roads known as the Brinks became popular with wealthy landowners and merchants in the 18th Century who built imposing properties along either side of the River Nene.

The charm of Georgian homes in North Brink and South Brink is such that they have been used as a film set in several TV period dramas, including David Copperfield.