victorian facade, fassett square

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The Square is faced on two sides by the original Victorian style terraced houses. Two roads that allow access to the square on the South side, with the Hospital on the West.
The most striking aspect of the exterior is the bay window. Unlike many larger Victorian houses, the bay only rises one storey. Even so, the expanse of glass in each angled section is 7ft tall. The sections (lights), of which there are three, are divided by two thick mullions. At the top of the bay, is a cornice, with dentils, (tooth-like blocks, see illustration below). The next imposing feature is the doorway. The archway, is framed by two columns. Composite in style, each column is crowned by a voluted capital, with thick swags. The scroll like decoration and hanging stone flora. The columns are not fluted or rounded, but are totally flat instead. Above them, is a semicircular arch. This has a large, simply decorated, keystone. To each side of the keystone is a spandrel, with the same decoration. Finally, the whole thing is topped by another cornice. The design of the entrance is echoed in the upper windows, which also have large keystones. Above the front door is a leaded light, with the house number in the centre. The blue glass is particularly attractive, as it has retained its saturation. Embedded in the design are four examples of ‘bull’s eye’ glass.

Lastly, it is interesting to see the original coal hole, just beyond the gate. On the other side of this metal cover (made round the corner, the cover reads : Wm. Pryor & Co ltd, Dalston Junction, N.E.) is the cellar, which runs the length of the hallway. (Notes based on Number 25).