Not Taller than Wide

Until 1954, it was forbidden for a building to be taller than the width of the street it was on.

Some believe this is why Queen Victoria was clearly upset when her view from Buckingham Palace was obscured by a 14-storey hotel.

The result was that many roads were made wider!

You will notice a vast number of roads, such as Northumberland Road, around the palace are unusually wide!

 ©Dawn Denton

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