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End of the Sliding Sash Era

Fashions changed. The Arts and Crafts movements followed by Elizebethan and Tudor style revivals called for a different window shape.

Arts and crafts timber casement window

Arts and Craft "Mullioned" look Timber Casements Window

The casement window was back in favour. Not that this made much differance to the majority of housing until after the first World War. These “new” styles where adopted and adapted for the Post WW1 housing boom and the first council housing. This time mass produced steel and timber casement windows where a cost effective solution. With steel shortages during and after the second World War the mass produced timber casement window dominated.

cheap timber casment window

Early 20th century Cheap Timber Casment Window

Neglected sliding sash windows reached the end of their lives and the 50’s and 60’s culture grew a desire to “live modern”. Victorian houses up and down the land were “modernised” first with with the relatively cheap timber casement windows then, aluminium double glazed units and now the oversold uPVC alternatives. Non of which do justice to the building's proportions.

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Intro Sliding Sash History

First Windows

Early Glass Production and Window Design

Rapid Development in Window Design in the 17th Century

Taxes and Technology Change the Looks

Sliding Sash Windows, Fashions and Variations

End of the Sliding Sash Era

Sliding Sash Revival

Price Forces a Different Route