The Bygone Sash Collection
A Historic Perspective
First introduced in the mid-1600s, the sash window has always been simple in design and yet very elegant. As such it quickly became both fashionable and desirable. Throughout the 18th century aristocrats used sash windows to replace casement windows previously installed in 16th century properties, thus creating the elegant window style we now associate with that tie period.
Shortly after the Great Fire of London in 1666, it was found that timber beams and wooden window frames had accelerated the spread of the fire. This resulted in the borough of London changing its building regulations. Hence it became a building requirement that’s window frames be recessed behind the outside or stone wall and set back from the front of the building façade, which gave birth to what we now recognise as the ‘Georgian’ architectural style.
Sadly, since the 1960s the indiscriminate replacement of sash windows using mass produced PVCu casement windows has resulted in thousands of original sash windows being lost, destroying the character and value of many properties. The sash window however remains the most efficient ever invented. By opening both the upper and lower sash a few inches, efficient purge ventilation is achieved, removing stale air quickly and inducing air circulation like no other. You’ll find our Bygone collection attentive to the finer details too, and totally committed to creating authentic sash windows, with the proportions and elegance of the original design, but with all the attributes demanded by modern living standards.
Because of these authentic looking design factors, local planning and conservation departments have given the green light to many projects when plans to use Bygone windows have been submitted. Here at Kingfisher we are experienced in dealing with planning permission, conservation and planning departments as a registered installer of Bygone sash windows.
When the Planning Inspectorate overturned a council decision on appeal they stated, “The Bygone window appears to replicate a traditional sliding sash window very closely, the effect is so convincing that it is difficult to differentiate between the two, even at close quarters”
The first requirement is still for the windows to blend seamlessly into their surroundings and to retain the character, charm and period feel of your home. To ensure you’ll have beautiful windows, we’ve taken the time to study original sash windows and to recreate the critically important details such as:
- Slim sight-lines through both the upper and lower sashes maximises the visible glass area.
- Equal panes in both sashes creates a balanced appearance consistent with original timber sash windows.
- Continuous run-through sash horns (not clip-ons), utilised by the Victorians and designed to place more material below the mortise, therefore strengthening the stile.
- A traditional butt jointed deep bottom rail and bespoke sash sections ensure the appearance is authentic.
- Our grained acrylic foil finish is designed to look like painted timber. The wood grained, textured finish creates a stunning painted wood appearance, providing extremely low maintenance and their durability extends the life the life of a PVCu shiny plastic finish. It’s hard to visibly tell the difference between a Bygone sash and a wood sash.
But seeing is believing so please pop into either of our depots in East Brent and Wells where you can see and touch the Bygone window for yourself!
We understand that every home improver has a budget, therefore the Bygone range comes in a choice of three beautiful collections – Melody, Harmony and Symphony. Please do not hesitate to ring or email for more information and to request brochures about the three ranges or pop in to see us.
As a registered installer for the south west, our fitters have attended specific training courses, thus providing our customers with expert service to combine and compliment an outstanding product.
Kingfisher, The Family Firm are offering 10% off across our Bygone ranges until the 31st of August. Don’t miss out on a great deal on a superior product!