Royal Hill Lovelies (1)
Old China has flagged up something I’ve wondered about myself for some time – some really rather curious windows in one of the houses along Royal Hill.
The windows look splendidly Regency – they wouldn’t look out of place in the Royal Pavilion at Brighton. But these are in the middle of a side street in Greenwich. It’s almost as though the builder (who may or may not have been the road’s overall developer Robert Royal – the street’s named for him, rather than for any connection with the Crown; I guess residents are thanking their lucky stars he wasn’t called Boggs…) had a set of fancy windows left over from another job, thought “they’ll do,” despite the fact that they didn’t really go with the rest of the street’s style and popped ‘em in anyway. “Bish-bosh. Tidy job…”
But that’s what makes a Royal Hill Lovely. It’s not a single style of regimented houses – though of course there are one or two ‘rows’ of matching buildings – but a lovely mish-mash of flavours, each of which has its own charm and adds to the whole. There’s not another house in Greenwich that looks like Number 80 – and it’s all the cuter for it.
According to Darryl Spurgeon – his Discover Greenwich and Charlton is out of print, but turns up on a relatively frequent basis and is a fine (if mildly confusingly formatted) overview of Greenwich history – the terrace was built in 1831 as part of the Hyde Vale Estate, but I know nothing more than that. If anyone’s a client of the Osteopath who’s currently occupying Number 80, I’d love to know some more about it.
More lovely houses to come…