Introductions to Heritage Assets
Shopping parades are purpose-built rows of shops, often with generous residential accommodation above. They were built in large numbers, and with increasing architectural elaboration, from the mid-nineteenth century. Parades often comprised the commercial centre of suburban and dormitory communities, but were built on main thoroughfares, close to railway stations or tram or omnibus termini, where they might attract passing traffic as well as local shoppers. From the 1880s parades adopted a plethora of historicist styles: neo-Tudor, neo-Baroque, Queen Anne and a restrained neo-Georgian. The last predominated in the inter-war years, which might be regarded as the heyday of the shopping parade.
2. Change and the future
3. Further reading
- Series: Guidance
- Publication Status: Completed
- Pages: 28
- Product Code: HEAG116
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Also of interest...
Read our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for buildings.
Listing marks and celebrates a building's special architectural and historic interest and helps us acknowledge and understand our shared history.
See our downloadable report which looks at current retail trends and what they might mean for historic town centres and high streets.