Period Window Styles
Sash windows have been the favourite choice of the window from the Georgian period right through to the late 1920's. Georgian sashes were more typically two sliding sashes divided each into six panes with narrow glazing bars.
The Victorian sash became more decorative with multi panes, or leaded lights In 1894 the Building Act changed the regulations so that windows no longer had to be flush with the exterior wall this enabled windows to stand proud of the facade.
The Edwardian period took advantage of the change in building regulations and now presented their windows in bays. Medium and larger houses would often display double bay or bow windows with Georgian or Victorian style sashes incorporate.
Edwardian sash windows would often keep the upper multi-pane style but use a single pane of glass below to maximise the light into the room.
Sash windows offered many advantages, including being better suited to the wet British climate, as it can be closed down to a narrow gap, allowing for excellent ventilation while reducing the chance of rain entering.
Casement windows are hinged windows set in a fixed frame. They were often found alongside sash windows in Edwardian houses. In the 1930's their popularity increased and took over from the sash window. Casement windows were painted wholly white, or the frame painted in a dark colour with the inner edge highlighted in white.
An Oriel window projects from the upper story of a building supported on brackets or corbels. The Oriel window became the favourite feature in the late Victorian Arts & Craft houses and soon became a regular addition to many Edwardian homes.
They are a useful means of improving a view. Good examples are in seaside towns, where terraced houses may not face the sea.
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