Windows 1066

The timber-framed window has come a long way since it was first introduced hundreds of years ago. A recent find in Boxford, Berkshire showed the first ever opening window hidden behind a concrete render.

Rennovation work was being carried out on St Andrew’s Church, which involved the removal and re-pointing of the concrete render when the discovery was made.

The rough-hewn oak frame contains a wooden panel of the same material which would have been attached to its frame by a hemp hinge.

While there are already a number of windows that pre-date the Norman invasion in 1066, Boxford’s is the first to actually open, making it a landmark find for historians.

Indeed, archaeologists have already paid the church a visit and determined that the methods behind the window’s construction mean it must be at least 1,000 years old.

Andrew Plummage, conservationist and church architect at St Andrew’s was delighted with the find, saying “this is such a rare and unusual find… It is a great privilege to be able to see the work of a Saxon craftsman who lived more than 1,000 years ago.”

While the energy-efficiency of St Andrew’s window might not be the best in the world, the design and finish is simply charming. For a more up-to-date version of the timber-framed window, take a look at our product page for more information.

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