Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with these 1920s homes

April 21, 2016Tags: buy property | Period property | Architecture

90 years ago today, 21st April 1926, our future Queen was born. To celebrate her landmark birthday we’ve selected a number of houses for sale which are great examples of 1920s domestic architecture. If you love period property, perhaps one of these homes for sale is for you.

Evolution of the Edwardian style

Many houses of the 1920s simply evolved the Edwardian style of the previous decade. These houses tend to be smaller than those built in the 1910s, but are characterised by two-storey bays. The layout of these houses was pretty formulaic: downstairs a hallway leads to a front room, with a kitchen to the rear, while upstairs you’ll find two large bedrooms, a smaller third bedroom, a bathroom and toilet.

This 3 bed semi near Preston in Lancashire is a good example. The floorplan is typical of Edwardian style properties of the era.

Edwardian​House to buy: 3 Bed Semi Detached House | Ashton-On-Ribble, Preston | £280,000 >


The most popular, distinctive style of the 1920s took influence from the Arts and Crafts movement. The style reflected a nostalgia for traditional, rural values that was prevalent after the First World War.  

This detached 6 bed house in East Grinstead is a great example, the half-timbering on the facade of the upper storey giving away its Tudorbethan style. Inside, the property has been thoroughly modernised but retains some of its period style with exposed beams. There is also an attractive balcony overlooking the garden.

TudorbethanHouse to buy: 6 Bed Detached House | Portland Road, East Grinstead | Guide price £700,000 >


There was also a revival of the Georgian style in the 1920s, particularly in the building of social housing.

This 3-bed house in Rochester is a nice example. Its brick facade, sash windows and tiled roof are give-aways of the style.

NeogeorgianHouse to buy: 3 Bed Detached House | High Halstow, Rochester | Offers Over £345,000 >

Art Deco

This decorative style became very popular in the 1920s, and can sometimes be seen on the exterior of properties like these flats in Exeter.

Artdeco aFlat to buy: 1 Bed Flat | Fore Street, Exeter | Guide price £110,000 >

The style originally featured motifs of foliage and flowers, but later became more abstract and geometric.

Art Deco also became popular for interior decor. This 1 bed flat in London shows a great modern take on the style.

Artdeco bFlat to buy: 1 Bed Flat | Appleshaw House Champion Hill Estate, London | £290,000 >

So there you have it - a great selection of 1920s property to buy. We wish her majesty the Queen many happy returns!

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