Leave it to the Georgians … probably


Double glazing with completely purposeless glazing bars, than which there are few things more bogus or unnecessary.  Yet what is one to do?  Vast unbroken sheets of Pilkington make the house’s face look dead; small windows make the house dark; and bogus diamond panes are even phonier than glazing bars.  Compounding the problem, nobody now makes a window as the Georgians could, and the clumsy rectangles don’t divide into Georgian-proportioned panes either.


What’s more, they arouse conflicting yet not mutually exclusive sensations:  imprisonment, protection, and an unexpected but ineluctable homesickness for real glazing bars, still vivid in memory, blobby with the paint of years, holding glittering, rippling, dimpled, irregular, old, old, old glass up to the world outside.

Never mind; the new ones open and close like anything.  

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  1. In what seems to be the blinking of an eye, Britain has been transformed from a nation of sash-cords, weights and rattling frames into a land of ubiquitous uPVC. I wouldn’t mind, but it’s all white, and it closes with a dull whumph as opposed to a clatter. We even have front doors that can’t be knocked on because the uPVC deadens the raps. I don’t think there is another country in the world where windows and doors have become so standardised and colourless. Someone should start a campaign.

    • Yes let’s do that – when I have finished putting in new windows, of course. My excuse is that the house is 1970s, a very poor vintage, and what I am replacing is even nastier uPVC. I could never bear to throw away the beautiful old glass in my first house even though we were perishing cold in winter. I bet someone has done it by now though 😦 😦 😦

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