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17th Century TownhousesPage 1

In the first half of the century, most London houses were timber-framed, three or four storeys high, with a tiled roof and massive brick chimney. Often the upper floors projected over the street to provide more space inside. The ground floor was generally used as a shop or workshop and the living spaces were above.


Cutaway drawing representing a London merchant's house in around 1640.

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