London Sash Windows History
London sash windows are dabbed the most beautiful and efficient window design ever used due to their simplicity and elegance. As such, other window designs cannot fit in the Georgian, Victorian and Regency properties that were constructed to bring out stunning and authentic architectural designs that included sash windows.
Sash windows date back to the period after the great London fire in 1666. During this time, the streets of London were very narrow, and adjacent houses were just feet apart in the crowded city centre. As such, the regular outward opening window could have easily knocked the different houses. Sash windows were created as a practical solution to this problem. They slid upwards, saved space and prevented arguments with neighbours.
London Georgian Wooden Sash Windows
The multi-paned London sash windows were created during the Georgian era between 1714 and 1811. They were a result of the high cost of large glass sheets. Windows panes were split into even grid patterns that were used to make wooden-framed sash windows. However, following the increase in London fires, the sash windows regulations were reviewed. After 1774, all sash window frames and doors in London had to be recessed by at least 4 inches. It was believed that in such a setting, the fires would not spread to adjacent buildings. With time, sash windows became a fashion statement among wealthy merchants. They would install large hardwood timber sash windows with large top archers to symbolise their new social status and wealth. The larger the sash window pane, the more expensive the window and the wealthier the owner was.
London Victorian Timber Sash Windows
During the Victorian era, the glass making technology improved and the cost of glass panes reduced. This led to the emergence of bigger window panes and more massive sash windows. Improvements in the glass making techniques paved the way for the use of larger sheet sizes. In 1845 tax on glass was abolished. Meaning that more massive London sash windows that featured fewer panes could be used. Hence, most homeowners upgraded their six over six panes to one over one or two over two pane sash windows. These panes were famous because they offered a clearer outdoor view.
Wooden Sash windows during Edwardian era in London
Better glass manufacturing techniques were embraced during the Edwardian era. Meaning that bespoke sash windows became a statement feature for architectural designs. Home builders started constructing houses with floor to ceiling windows that were also several feet wide. However, most wealthy homeowners preferred to maintain their basic panelled timber sliding sash window designs because the glass being used was getting heavier. Sash horns were introduced as well as the use of stained glass in the upper windows section.
Timber Sash Windows today
Sash windows began to decrease in popularity during world war one when the hinged casement windows that opened horizontally were introduced. However, the demand for sash windows has increased in recent years due to their recognition as iconic Victorian and Georgian home features. Homes with sash windows have become highly sought after by prospective homeowners who understand the level of craftsmanship required to construct a timber box sash window.
Timber Sash Windows by Privett
We created our timber sash window range to represent the grace and grandeur of the traditional wooden sash window. Yet, we enhanced it with the latest must-have features without detracting from its authentic lines and charm.
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