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Edwardian Pargeting…


Pargeting is a 17th Century technique of decorating plasterwork with incised lines and embossed patterns.


Pargeting can often be seen decorating gables on Edwardian houses.The Edwardians were fond of external decoration on their houses, plain red brickwork was adorned with flourishes such as painted wooden balconies and verandas. Narrow Victorian front doors were replaced by imposing panelled and glazed doors, often sheltered by a canopy of turned spindles and fretwork or by an elaborate porch, set against the red brick walls, the white-painted woodwork of these porches appeared freshly welcoming. Decorative plaster and terracotta panels were also frequently set into the brickwork to enliven a house’s exterior.


Partners: Carey Gilliland & Willum Long


Do you know your Poet?


With 7 local roads built by a family of devoutly religious builders, Bath’s Poets Corner is an homage to Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey – all of the poets named in the Bath estate are either buried there or have a memorial plaque in place.


Geoffrey Chaucer


Born 1343 into a family of London vintners, died in 1400 and most famous locally for the Wife of Bath’s Tale within his unfinished narrative The Canterbury Tales. Captured in 1360 by the French at the siege of Rheims during the Hundred Years War, Edward III paid Chaucer’s ransom to be released. After years of travelling to Spain and Italy, Chaucer became MP for Kent in 1386, Comptroller of the Customs for the port of London in 1374 and Clerk of the King’s Works in 1389. His last recorded royal employment came as deputy forester of the Royal Forest of North Petherton in Somerset from 1391. For the last year of his life, Chaucer took on a lease for a residence within the close of Westminster Abbey, hence his burial within the Abbey a year later. In 1556, his remains were transferred to a more ornate tomb within the Abbey, making Chaucer the first writer interred in the area now known as Poets’ Corner. Chaucer’s eldest son Tom became Speaker of the House of Commons.


Confusion reigns in house price sector…..


September saw the Halifax report a 3.6% drop, Nationwide said 0.1% increase, HM Land Registry showed a 0.3% increase. Rightmove’s October index shows a 3.1% increase in asking prices, so, where’s the grain of truth in the sands of obfuscation? Both Halifax and Nationwide agree that the quarter on quarter comparison (usually more accurate than monthly figures) shows a 0.9% drop in September but neither survey takes account of cash purchases. Land Registry figures are always several months out of date whilst asking price surveys are an exercise in futility at the best of times. We think prices have fallen a little over the summer but quality property, priced correctly, is still selling quickly. Let’s see what impact the October Spending Review has on consumer confidence.


 Madison Oakley are an independent estate agent and letting agent in Bath. We are a small director led firm with over 50 years combined local experience.To find out more about us, do visit our website. We would always be delighted to receive comments via our blog or do feel free to call us on 01225 466525.