The History of The Sash Window

The History of The Sash Window


History of The Sash Window

The sliding sash window early became the Hallmark of Georgian houses, its mere proportions giving them their distinctive character and restfulness. Hinged wooden casement windows were also used, but sash windows had so many advantages practically and in looks that they became everyone’s ideal and would even be fitted to underground coal cellars.

The double-sash window design, incorporating balance weights and lines moving over pulleys, was introduced from Holland towards the end of the seventeenth century. A few windows had been fitted in Paris, the name coming from the French word chassis, but Holland is the only European country besides Britain which still have sash windows in quantity: in Holland a short and generally immovable top sash and a very tall bottom sash is preferred to the British convention, which seems more pleasing to the eye, of having two sashes of equal size.


It is believed that sash windows were first made in England for the Duke of Lauderdale in 1673. They were used in large number at Chatsworth between 1676 and 1680, at the banqueting Hall in Whitehall in 1685 and, during the next five years, at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court. Partly as a result of royal example, sash windows became standard for new houses in the Home counties before the death of William IV. Sash windows spread gradually to other parts of the country, although some villages everywhere still had none at the start of the nineteenth century.

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