It’s no secret that sash windows look great on a period property. But what do we mean by a ‘Period property’? Exactly which period are we talking about? To answer these questions, we’ll need to delve a little deeper into the history of these beautiful statement windows.

The beginnings

The earliest examples of sash windows to be found in England date back to the 1670s. Ham House in Richmond is a great example of how 17th Century opulent architecture suited the look of sash windows. Sash windows appear to have been invented in this century, but there is some disagreement about whether they were invented by the Dutch or the English. We normally associate the 17th century with Baroque architecture and Classicism. For any period properties of this era, sash windows are perfect.

Georgian architecture

The Georgian period in Britain (between 1714-1830) is when sash windows really increased in popularity. In cities like Bath and Edinburgh, we can still see many outstanding Georgian townhouses with rows of traditional sash windows. In Georgian architecture, sash windows are really a defining feature and it would be a shame to have anything other than sash.

Victorian architecture

The Victorian period of architecture (1837-1901) also extensively featured sash windows. During this period, industrialisation and technology resulted in improved construction and design materials, but the classic look of the sash window did not fall out of favour.

Later designs

Edwardian properties and later designs still benefit from the look and feel of a sash window, and with modern designs and technology, it is not unusual to see sash windows in modern architecture. If the window fits sympathetically with the design, there are really no rules

So if your property is 17th Century, Georgian, Victorian or more modern, a sash window from Ventrolla can be a great addition. Please speak with our experts for a quote and advice.