A window on the past

If only we had more room in the cottage that houses Market Lavington Museum, we expect this delightful artefact would be out on display. At present, it is very carefully wrapped for safekeeping.

It is a casement window, said to be from a house along the High Street. It is made up of fifteen leaded lights in a wrought iron frame and measures 40cm x 79cm. Our records suggest that it might date from the 18th century, so over two hundred years old.

The window doesn’t have hinges, but it appears to have attached to the frame or surrounding wall by means of two tubes, which must have slotted over corresponding ‘pintles’ in the way some garden gates are hung nowadays. This meant the window could have been lifted off easily when open.

Our window has a lovely ornate turnbuckle catch.

The window could have been held open by having a hook on or near the window sill that hooked into the small ring at the bottom of the window.

For more information about this type of window see https://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/windowfurn/windowfurniture.htm

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