If you are walking along the South Bank or waiting for a train at Waterloo, it is worth taking the time to go down to Roupell Street. It is as close as you will get to experiencing the charm of nineteenth century London.
Located south of the River Thames in the historic ‘Roupell Street Conservation Area’, this row of modest two-storey terrace houses was developed by the Roupell family for artisan workers in the mid-1820s.
Built for metal workers, joiners, blacksmiths, and stonemasons, interestingly these houses have no front garden giving us an insight into their relatively low status at the time of construction. We love the gable-shaped profile of the parapet facing the street and the combination of the flat and rounded arches, all formed from the iconic London stock brick.
Now surrounded by large scale development, Roupell Street gives us a chance to experience an area of London built at a scale more suited to residential use.