Evans Terrace in North Hill: High Density Victorian housing

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Evans Terrace in the Gibbett Hill area of Swansea (later renamed North Hill) is in the middle of an interesting area of Victorian development. Although you can't see it on the map below, the area is on a very steep hill with the high ground at the top of the map. This is an area that had undergone extensive quarrying for hundreds of years because it was very close to the northern part of the town. In the 1850s the area was used for building. This was a prime location in the 1850s and successive small builders needed to squeeze in as many houses as the housing byelaws would allow. Houses in this area were very popular because it was a short walk into town. If you look closely you can see that the streets are not long rows of identical houses but little groups of similar shapes reflecting the different building shapes and styles used by the different builders. This high density hillside housing is typical of South Wales in the mid nineteenth century. In Evans Terrace the builders have even managed to squeeze in three extra houses in the gardens of Graig Terrace. 

 

 

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