The Victorian Era was about reviving classic architectural designs and styles. Gothic, Tudor and Italianate were some of the traditional British designs that saw popularity during this era. John Ruskin, an art critic during the Victorian Era, led the revival of traditional architecture which used better building materials to forge a new future.
One of the most prominent designs in Victorian Era houses were sash windows. These windows offered an ideal balance between ventilation and illumination. They were also the perfect weatherproof enclosure for homes.
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Queen Victoria’s reign during the 19th century introduced innovation in manufacturing processes. With the establishment of a railway system, raw materials such as slate from North Wales and mass produced bricks from Bedfordshire helped revolutionised the construction process. Homes featured elaborate details and Greek-inspired facades were prominent during this time. Iron railings, decorative shingles, stained glass windows, rooves sporting different angles and stonework were other notable features. Geometric terracotta tiles and a fireplace in the average Victorian home were standards in its interior.
Victorian Era sash windows
The Victorian Era was all about ornate and elaborate designs, which were adapted by sash window manufacturers. Georgian sash windows were altered by fitting larger sheets of glass and re-glazing old windows. Old glazing bars were removed as glazing bars became smaller. Although window proportions also changed, ventilation and light were maximised.
More windowpanes, or sashes, were also added to the Victorian sash windows. Since larger windowpanes were the design norm during that period, four, eight and 12-pane sash windows were used. There were even 16-windowpane sash windows which were featured on homes or building fronting the bay area or harbour. The number of windows, their size and shape gave Victorian homes and buildings their unique character. Sash windows which were vertically-designed allowed for natural lighting while it protected its inhabitants from excessive glare. The careful graduation of these windows allowed natural light into other rooms of the house as well.
Victorian Gothic-inspired villas and some terraces used four-paned sash windows. These windows were also adapted by low-cost terraced homes. The essential rooms of a home used plate-glass for their sash windows. Due to the advancements in glass production during this era, a single glazing bar was enough for sash windows. Even rural properties benefited from these glass production techniques.
Sash windows became popular with builders during the Victorian Era. Cheaper glass manufacturing techniques and the benefits of installing these type of windows made them the standard for homes and buildings around London. Interested about learning more about the Victorian history of sash windows in the UK capital? Read our blog on London and Victorian sash windows.
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