Alexandra Terrace Character Area (view detailed map) is a coherent residential area lying half way up the north escarpment consisting almost entirely of terraced houses dating to the Late Victorian/Edwardian Period.
The layout of streets and form of houses is strongly influenced by the escarpment slope. Houses have a strong repeating form along streets, which is often emphasised by the rise and fall of the hill slope. Terraced houses have a consistent height, creating a strong horizontal building line along east/west streets, and a vertical stepped pattern of roofs and façades along roads running up/down the escarpment. Houses have comparably lower solid-to-void ratios of frontages facing south than those facing north, and there is a preference for the construction of buildings with south facing façades. Elevation and southerly prospects also appear to have an influence on the intended social standing of properties along Yarbrough Road, which are more varied in character. Properties are mostly two bays in width, although some have shared or side entrances. A small number of properties along or near Yarborough Road are three bays in width. There are apparent differences between north-facing and south-facing properties. Houses are two storeys in height, but extend to three storeys to the rear of houses facing north. The majority of houses along the north side of roads are set back 2-3m from the footway with raised gardens, whereas houses along the south side of streets are set at the back of the footway. South-facing houses are comparatively more decorative, with bay windows and a higher amount of moulded brickwork.
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||Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
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