As far back as Roman times glass was manufactured for windows, though these were not windows as we know them today. These windows used such poor quality glass that they were used purely to allow some light to enter a property. You could not see clearly out of them. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries small panes of glass were manufactured and connected together with lead strips, to create what was known as the leaded light window. Later on, glass blowing was introduced as a means of creating thinner clearer glass, where the balloon would be cut and spread on a rolling table, and you would end up with several clear panes, and what was called the bull’s eye, which is that pane of glass that looks like a flattened bottom of a bottle.
From then on, the manufacture of glass progressed into rolling out large sheets, but taxes on window glass were so high that very few but the wealthy could afford these large windows. In many towns, you will see Georgian houses which display a legacy of this window tax where what were clearly once windows, are now areas blocked with stonework.
The beginning of the 19th century saw rapid advancement in the mass manufacture of glass, and rollers could produce large sheets which, when taxes were removed and prices dropped by 75%, fuelled the comfort enjoyed by many living in property built during the Victorian era.
Today we have more types and styles of window than you could imagine, but you can take your choice from:
Of the above styles, each and every one is available with any type of glass:
The choices we have with our windows has never been broader than it is today.