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The Victorian Path - why have a nice Victorian garden pathway?

Our guide on creating an elegant Victorian garden pathway

We look into choosing the right tiles to achieve that sought after and elegant Victorian garden path using Victorian style path tiles.

The Victorian Path - why have a nice Victorian garden pathway?

29 Jun 2020

Victorian front garden paths leading from the road to the house are a really important feature of Victorian and Edwardian houses, especially town centre terraces, as the path conveys that really important first impression of the house acting as an indication of the good taste and prosperity of it’s inhabitants, such an important element of  the Victorian way of life. A scruffy concrete path with cracked edges and weeds gives a very…

How to create a Victorian rockery

How to create a Victorian rockery

During the Victorian era, fashionable gardeners created a wide range of artificial landscapes from rockeries and ferneries to elaborate water gardens. These brought together many elements of Victorian interests and passions such as garden design, landscaping,…

How to create a Victorian rockery

25 May 2016

During the Victorian era, fashionable gardeners created a wide range of artificial landscapes from rock gardens and ferneries to elaborate water gardens. A Victorian rockery embodied their passion for travel, plant collecting and gardening. It brought together many elements of Victorian interests and passions such as garden design, landscaping, botany, geology and innovation in materials and techniques. As rockeries becomes increasingly…

Tags: garden, outdoor
How to make your garden look like a Victorian garden

How to make your garden look like a Victorian garden

The size of the garden of a Victorian house can really vary and tends to depend on what type of house you live in. In urban areas, most terraced and semi detached Victorian houses have a small strip of garden the width of the house but often really long with…

How to make your garden look like a Victorian garden

24 May 2016

The size of the garden of a Victorian house can really vary and tends to depend on what type of house you live in. In urban areas, most terraced and semi detached Victorian houses have a small strip of garden the width of the house but often really long with room for borders, a pathway, a seating area and a compost heap! On the other hand many city terraces may have just a small yard with space for a couple of chairs.

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How To Restore And Clean Wrought Iron Fencing

How To Restore And Clean Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron fencing can really add an authentic look to your Victorian or historic home. Some simple restoration tactics and periodic maintenance can keep your wrought iron fencing looking pristine year after year.

How To Restore And Clean Wrought Iron Fencing

15 May 2014

Wrought iron fencing can really add an authentic look to your Victorian or historic home. Though this type of fencing is extremely durable, over time the aesthetic appeal of wrought iron can degrade. Constant exposure to the outdoor elements, overgrown vegetation, and chemicals can cause wrought iron to rust and corrode. But don’t lose hope, some simple restoration tactics and periodic maintenance can help you to restore and clean…

How To Use Victorian Wrought Iron Railings

How To Use Victorian Wrought Iron Railings

The main function for the Victorians of railings and gates at the boundary of their property was to mark where one property began and another ended and separate the homes from the public highway and provide a level of security from unwanted intruders.

How To Use Victorian Wrought Iron Railings

07 Feb 2014

The use of iron to create decorative Victorian wrought iron railings increased during the 19th Century. This is because the middle class Victorians used the interior and exterior décor of their homes as a means to impress visitors with their prosperity and good taste. As the first impression of the home would be made by the exterior elements, with the railings at the boundary of the land, these were given much importance as a means to…

How to choose Driveway Gates

How to choose Driveway Gates

Most people choose to have cast iron driveway gates painted in black and many impressive and ornate examples can be seen in Stately homes and historic houses throughout the world.

How to choose Driveway Gates

06 Feb 2014

Driveway gates are both practical and can form part of a beautiful and impressive entrance to your home. Driveway gates can be wooden or metal. For a Victorian or period property, black cast iron driveway gates are the obvious choice for many reasons, although if you are restricted on budget, wooden gates can also look attractive.

How to choose the right paint to create the perfect Victorian front door

Painting the perfect Victorian front door

Redecorating your front door is an easy job you can do yourself - the hard part is choosing the right paint colour for your Victorian front door, but this is where we hope to help.

How to choose the right paint to create the perfect Victorian front door

13 Dec 2013

Creating the right first impression is really important if you are wishing to improve your Victorian house. Choosing the right Victorian paint colour for your front door is essential for creating the perfect entrance to your pride and joy. Redecorating your front door is an easy job you can do yourself - the hard part is choosing the right paint colour for your Victorian front door, but this is where we hope to help.

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Create your own Victorian-style garden

Create your own Victorian-style garden

Whether you choose to simply add Victorian-style furniture and ornaments to your garden, or opt for a full landscaped transformation, you can guarantee that your Victorian-style garden will be a real showstopper for many years to come.

Create your own Victorian-style garden

22 Jan 2013

The Victorian era is renowned for its elegance and grandeur. This historical period was also celebrated for its progressive thinking when it comes to gardening and landscaping – new and influential discoveries from this era included garden tools, lawnmowers and giant glasshouses. If you’ve always been a fan of the Victorian period, why not create your own Victorian-style garden and bring the past back to life? Even if you don't live in a…

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Types of Victorian Exterior Lighting

Types of Victorian Exterior Lighting

There are a number of different types of outdoor lighting you can use. These can be as decorative or plain as you wish – they will still fulfil the same function of providing light.

Types of Victorian Exterior Lighting

22 Jan 2013

Outdoor lighting serves a number of different functions. It can be used for the illumination of say your driveway or entrance making it easier to retrieve your keys etc. Outdoor lights are also used for the purposes of home security – burglars are averse to lights and you will feel safer if you can see your way from your car or gate to your front door. As well as the practical benefits of outdoor lighting there is a notable aesthetic…

History of Guttering

History of Guttering

There are many types of guttering on the market to suit all styles of houses and of course pockets. Today’s ample range of guttering products is a far cry from days past.

History of Guttering

04 Aug 2011

“We are all born in the gutter, but some of us get to see the stars” Oscar Wilde.Whilst the form of cast iron and plastic reproduction guttering and their fixings can have a highly distinctive and attractive appearance, their primary function is to disperse the rain falling on a property from seeping into the dwelling and in some cases collect water for future use. There are many types of guttering on the market to suit all styles of…