In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the sash window was the most prominent style of window for its simple style and stated elegance. The Georgian era is widely known for the architecture of the time. Simple one or two story box homes, arranged strictly symmetrical and of course with sash windows – never paired and always arranged horizontally and vertically symmetrical. You will recognize a sash window of the Georgian era as they carry 6×6 paned vertical sliding windows.
By the 1832 plate glass was on the scene, meaning the sash windows made in the Victorian era were larger six paned windows with a single vertical bar down the middle. Even more popular in the Victorian era, they were later adapted into four paned sash windows.
The design of the sash windows is largely attributed to scientist Robert Hooke and is thought to have been developed in Yorkshire. Despite various modern options having been developed more recently, during the Georgian and Victorian eras the sash window was the most common window type, and continues to be very popular today.
The purpose of the sash window was to allow for sufficient ventilation while still blocking out rain. One of the advantages of sash windows at the time was the ability to have windows partially open without falling back into place or being hooked fully open.
Sash Windows, although not directly influencing, can be associated with an important aspect of history – the window tax. With major opposition to an income tax, a window tax was enforced – the reasoning? The higher the income, the larger the house and the larger the house, the more windows it will have. This lead to window removal and bricked window openings, still able to be seen in some residences today.
Today people appreciate the elegant contribution sash windows make to the façade of the home, and are restoring these architectural elements to their former glory.
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