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Islington N1 timber windows

Timber Sash Windows in Islington (N1)

Islington, renowned for its rich architectural heritage, showcases an impressive array of historic buildings across the borough.

The streets and squares of Islington and Barnsbury are adorned with flat-fronted Georgian terraces, making it a prime area for timber sash windows.

Highbury another notable area, boasts numerous Edwardian and Victorian red-brick homes along roads such as Calabria and Baalbec (N5), near Highbury Fields, the largest open space in the borough.

These period properties are a testament to Islington’s historical charm, enhanced by the borough’s 40 designated conservation areas covering approximately 50% of the local authority area and housing 4,500 statutorily listed buildings, along with many locally listed ones.  These protected areas help to retain the beautiful timber sash windows in Islington.

We regularly work in Islington, and across North London.  Our new sash windows are designed to retain the traditional charm of the property, while improving energy efficiency.  Where necessary, we can comply to Conservation Area and listed building regulations.

Contact us today for a quote to replace or draught proof your timber windows.

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17th Century: Wooden Sash Windows in Islington

The transformation of Islington from a hamlet to a village in the 17th century saw properties appear along Upper Street (N1) and Lower Road, now known as Essex Road (N1).

Despite this development, much of Islington remained agricultural, famed for its dairy production. Towards the late 17th century, Islington became a retreat for city dwellers looking to escape the city, with the Islington Spa (Clerkenwell), opposite Sadler’s Wells (EC1R), being a popular attraction.

The 18th century witnessed a significant increase in housing, with the number of houses rising from 325 in 1708 to 1,200 by 1793.

As a result of its proximity to London, by 1819 Islington’s population was said to be mainly retirees and those with a connection to the capital, all of whom lived in Georgian terraces along the main road or in the streets directly behind them.

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Islington Sash Windows: A Historical Perspective

This period marked the classic Georgian sash window design, featuring six panes over six panes.

Due to the depletion of mahogany and oak, sash windows increasingly used pine and other softwoods imported from the Baltics.

Although Georgian style sash window were still found in the 19th century, the sash window design evolved with introduction of larger panes of glass.  Improvements in manufacturing in this period also lead to more delicate, slim profiles and glazing bars. However, these designs often required reinforcement, leading to the introduction of horned sashes with stronger through tenon joints.

Box Sash Windows: An Evolution in Islington

Many historic buildings in Islington still feature original or historic single-glazed sash windows, particularly those with the slim profiles and glazing bars typical of the 19th century.

Canonbury, in particular, boasts numerous homes with traditional 19th century double-hung timber sliding sash windows. Unlike the earlier single-hung sash windows, double-hung sash windows used counterbalanced weights, allowing independent movement of both the bottom and top sash.

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Sash Window Restoration: Preserving Islington’s Charm

Today Islington is home to array of architectural properties, from the Victorian terraces of Liverpool Road (N1) to the period conversion flats in John Spencer Square (N1).

The preservation and restoration of sash windows are crucial to maintaining the borough’s historic charm. At The Sash Window Workshop, we understand the importance of retaining the traditional charm of your windows and doors.

We have 30 years of experience draught proofing and sympathetically replacing timber windows and doors in Islington. Enhance your period property in Islington with authentic timber sash windows. For a free, no-obligation quote, contact our team on: 01344 868 668.

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