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« on: October 24, 2020, 02:12:04 pm »

I was inspired by images of Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, and decided that I wanted to model a lane of old shopfronts, whether or not it ends up on a layout, or as a book nook, etc.


The Shambles, York.
Trouble is, I go looking for details and hear that the style of buildings in Diagon and Knockturn alleys is supposedly Victorian, but the bay windows suggest otherwise, as searching for building kits and plans shows only a flatter shopfront window:

I see some buildings with bay windows on the upper floors:

but none on the ground floor.
They've been known to exist:

(a more subtle example)

34 Haymarket. The blog hosting this image would explain why the buildings are no longer built in London: it became the law in 1774.
So, these windows aren't actually Victorian, at least not in London. Although, this example in Dorset suggests that they could have been built in other places:

One way or another, I cannot find any kits or plans for a bay-windowed shopfront. Well maybe one or two:
https://www.langleymodels.co.uk/awd1/index.php?route=product/product&path=190_191_201&product_id=6809
https://www.langleymodels.co.uk/awd1/index.php?route=product/product&path=190_191_201&product_id=6167
And I think that last one is not meant to be on the ground.

What era am I actually looking at?
What else is available?
If the bay windows are impractical, where can one get the bowed windows?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 02:55:44 pm »

There is a bay window shopfront I know of:
https://www.petitepropertiesltd.com/1/76th-no-2-station-road-low-relief.html

The bow windows, I can't recall ever seeing a kit for one of those. 

These shopfronts are more Georgian than Regency or Victorian; however outside of London there were no building codes as such so older fashions lingered longer. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 10:56:07 am »

> The blog hosting this image would explain why the buildings are no longer built in London: it became the law in 1774.

Not quite sure what you meant by that. Did bay windows become illegal?

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 06:10:40 pm »

One of the major stipulations of the 1774 Act was that the window joinery had to be set back into the reveal.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 06:34:44 pm »

There are three subtly different versions from Langley

These two you haven't posted
https://www.langleymodels.co.uk/awd1/index.php?route=product/product&path=190_191_201&product_id=6810
https://www.langleymodels.co.uk/awd1/index.php?route=product/product&path=190_191_201&product_id=6820

If you aren't too fussy about scale you may find suitable offerings from Faller, Helijan and Noch though those are 1:87 (HO)


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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 06:12:41 pm »

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