Thomas Allom

Thomas Allom was a founder member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He was also a recognised artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy. Allom’s involvement with the Ladbroke Estate was mainly as the architect for Charles Blake. But he also designed houses for Richard Roy and Dr Walker and his designs were used by Felix Ladbroke as blue-prints which houses builders were expected to follow. Allom also designed St Peter’s Church, which was built on Blake’s land in 1855-7.

Apart from houses, Allom also contributed some of the street layout plans, and he designed Stanley Crescent and Stanley Gardens. He broke with the traditional formal house design and adopted a more naturalistic approach, with trees and gardens to break up the formal layout.

His terrace designs were noted for adding bow windows and other projections at the ends of terraces to make them more interesting. His designs mainly used paired houses with a considerable amount of ornamentation in the favoured Victorian fashion. He did not ignore the backs of his houses where they faced the gardens. They all have interesting facades. He died in 1872 – the same year as Blake.

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