Much of Bristol’s older terraced housing stock is of the Victorian era, a time when spirit levels were not regarded essential! At least that could be a conclusion you might come to if you’ve ever had the joyous chance to work on a Victorian terrace restoration.
Some of the abodes I have seen are pretty shocking. It’s like being in wibbly wobbly world! The roof runs one way out of level, the floor runs the other way. If you’re in line for jobs like fitting architraves, some of the angles you have to deal with can give you proper brain wrong!
One of the major problems with these houses is the absense of any real foundation. They were just slapped up as fast as possible to give the newly arriving workers a roof over their heads. It’s amazing they have stood this long really.
During the initial twenty years of their lives many of the dwellings have moved and as such many internal walls have become distorted. This frequently gives rise to a wedge shaped room and all the wonderful angles that entails.
If you have ever had the thankless task of installing kitchen worktops in Bristol dwellings you will know these angles better than most. You’d be advised to brush up on your pro wood butchery skills before attempting this kind of project.
Once you’ve done a few it does get easier and you might even become a dab hand and scribing those worktops into those wibbly walls. In fact getting it right can even be very satisfying. Good luck in your quest!