The Victorians looked to the past for
ideas in house design.
Highbury, in Birmingham is shown in
the picture. It was built for the M.P. Joseph Chamberlain
in the 1880's. It shows the great interest in Gothic architecture
at that time.
Inside a magnificent hall (looking back
to the old castle hall) provided the centre for a typical
Victorian room lay-out: Morning Room, Drawing Room, Dining
Room, Boudoir and Library.
Upstairs a number of fine bedrooms led
off a Gallery. All the principal rooms display a wealth of
decoration - foliage, flowers, animals and birds in wood,
stone, plaster and stained glass.
The large, high ceilinged rooms were
heavily furnished and littered with knick-knacks and ornaments
as was the fashion.
This Victorian house was built with a
bathroom and flushing toilet. Poorer folk had to wait another
50 years or more before these were standard items in their
Which features show the Victorian interest
in Gothic style?
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