Architectural styles timeline

Every home has its own unique style. Whether it’s a modern loft or a traditional Victorian house, you can distinguish several distinct features that are a clear indication of what time period that building was created in. Recognising the style of your home and choosing the appropriate doors and windows in accordance with it can help you make your home look incredible.

Below is a rough list of the UK’s architectural time periods. While not a full guide on the diverse styles that make up the UK’s architectural canvas, it showcases the most well-known of Britain’s building styles.

Edwardian (1901 - 1914)

The reign of King Edward VII was very short, lasting only from 1901 to 1910, but that’s not necessarily the exact date for the Edwardian period in architecture. There is no consensus on when the period exactly ends. Some extend it to 1912, so that its end coincides with the sinking of the Titanic, while others extend it as far as to the onset of World War I in 1914. Another group proclaims that its end falls on the end of the war in 1918, or even the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

Victorian (1837 - 1901)

Victorian houses were built during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901. It’s not uncommon, however, for the term “Victorian” being applied to other periods immediately preceding it or following it.

Gothic Revival (1740 - 1850)

The late 1740s saw a large resurgence of interest in original Gothic architecture. This gave rise to the Gothic Revival movement that only grew more popular with every decade, only to finally fade away in the latter half of the 19th century.

Regency (1811 - 1820)

The term “Regency” refers to a troubled period in UK’s history. When King George III was considered unfit to rule the country, his son, the Prince of Wales, reigned in his place as Prince Regent. This period lasted from 1811 to 1820, as when George III died, the Prince became King George IV, becoming a monarch himself rather than just a regent.

Late Georgian (1750 - 1840)

During this period, the fashion and homes in Great Britain became much more flexible. For some, elements of the Gothic Revival started featuring prematurely with the appearance of homes that were greater in size and scope. As this was a time when British involvement with India was prominent, the idea of Mughal architecture was also commonly imitated.

Early Georgian (1714 - 1750)

This era saw the revival of Palladianism, and so overt ornamentations were considered distasteful. All rooms were kept simple. One of the most prominent figures of this movement was Lord Burlington.

Tudor (1485 - 1603)

The final chapter in English Medieval architecture history. Buildings of their kind were created during the Tudor period and even later.

Gothic (1140 - 1750)

A style prominent in Medieval continental Europe, it quickly spread to the UK thanks to its distinct look. The Chapel in Westminster, erected during the reign of Henry VII, is one of the last examples of its kind.