Timber sash windows in England as we know them have been around for hundreds of years. The traditional, double-hung, boxed framed sliding sash window originates in the 17th Century. It is a common misconception that sash windows were an imported design, but in fact, the sash windows you see abroad are exported and you can find them in colonised countries across the world including India, the Caribbean, and America
Although Brighton has seen many changes over its colourful history, even its most recent addition of the i360 still pays homage to the old West pier and the 1818 Regency square that it overlooks. Indeed its most famous Regency property the royal pavilion still wows the crowds today and is always an ambition of ours to carry out work to its windows. (I got married here, probably not important)
Nestled within the South Downs national park, Brighton and Hove has not only been a draw to the day-tripper looking for a taste of the English Riviera but has provided us with a concentrated area of Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian windows and doors that require servicing and restoration.
This is an area that at Sliding Sash Solutions we excel at, whether your windows require a simple service and draught-proofing or upgrading with doubled glazed units, we are able to restore or upgrade them to their former glory or if required we reproduce faithful reproductions using traditional joinery techniques that replicate the original windows in every detail.
The design of the counterbalanced window has not been attributed to any one person or any single geographical area. It is accepted that the vertical sliding sash window, was originally held open with wooden pegs, inserted into holes within the frame at various positions. This later developed into a counterbalanced idea, handmade lead weights held on cotton twine rope with timber pulley wheels. At Sliding Sash Solutions we have seen many examples of historic old weights, suspended from varieties of cotton cord whilst renovating some very old windows within grade 1 and grade 2 listed buildings and conservation areas
With a wealth of listed buildings on our doorstep, over the last 16 years, we have dealt with nearly every configuration of sash windows, from Georgian Multi paned windows to Edwardian windows and everything in between. We have worked on many listed buildings in Brunswick Square, Adelaide Crescent, Sussex Square, and Lewes Crescent, and although these buildings enjoy the beautiful vista, the proximity to the sea does mean these windows and doors require a patient and sympathetic touch when working on them.
The design of the sash window comes from a time when streets were narrow and windows jutting out could have touched the building opposite or blocked the path of a thatcher. The sliding sash window came to the fore after the great fire of London (1666). After the great fire, new regulations produced guidelines recommending that the wooden window frames should be recessed behind the outer stone or brick exterior. This led directly to the development of Georgian architecture; sash windows represented the most up to date and technically advanced features of the day. The windows remained popular for many decades after The Great Fire and are still very prevalent today.