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REFLECTOR William Shakespeare’s famous house in Stratford-on-Avon with (below) close up of diamond lattice leadwork and small glass panes in middle bay. What light through yonder window breaks? There can be much to be learned from the past, but Reflector feels that some are not receptive and looking to the future, we have barely appreciated solar’s promise. Sreduced margins, an ‘up and down year’, timber window frames with leaded lights in a merchant neighbours, would originally haveShakespeare’s windows and those of hisnobility and the church could afford at that time.I asked them to be a little more specific andamong many other things, they wanted wereo, how was 2012 for you? If your summaryof the year is one of similar turnover but then you are not alone. diamond lattice pattern. The husband yearned been installed with hinged timber sashes or push Things were simpler when we only had wood, for a thatched roof but as his wife was still in inserts, in an open lattice configuration, clay, stalks and stones to build with. In certain having the nightmares at the time, we settled on creating a ‘buffer’ between internal and external parts of the sixteenth century New Forest, if you clay tiles. Fortunately, the insurance loss adjusters air. A fine linen layer may have been added, could construct a ‘hovel’ in a single day and have were sympathetic to ‘like for like’ replacement ‘doped’ with thin animal glue to make it as a fire burning in the grate by sunset, you had but in reality there were always three different translucent as possible. satisfied all the necessary conditions for you and interpretations of that concept – the insurers’, Essentially, only two functions were fulfilled your family to live there for generations. the owners’ and mine. by windows at that time; ventilation and the A few years back I was asked to design and For instance, the owners’ idea of leaded lights admission of daylight. A means to dispose supervise the construction of a new cottage to were the modern simulations using sticky backed of chamber pot contents might be considered replace a greatly extended 1580s’ hovel that had lead tapes. I showed them a photo of the a third. sadly been consumed by fire. Shakespeare family house and business premises A slightly different option involves the use of Fearing the worst from the local town in Statford-upon-Avon and explained how they flattened animal horn in place of linen and a planning department’s famously finicky were fabricated from lead ‘H’ cames, soldered fine example is preserved in York's Barley Hall. conservation officers, I asked what they wanted. together, one at a time, to hold small pieces of This was originally built around 1360 but it is Strangely, they were unconcerned and I actually glass in place. unlikely that horn windows were installed from found that unsettling. I waxed lyrical about the way that sunlight the beginning. Hornturning technology arrived I'd expected, at least, to be asked to specify twinkles on one pane, then another as you in York in the 1790s and marked the start of a timber windows and a clay tile roof. No, just as walk by because the individual glasses were major comb making industry in the city. the original building went up in smoke, so did not set quite in the same plane as each other but The horn window is likely to have been a the conservation interest. We could build a the phrase ‘feeding a donkey strawberries’ came spinoff use of the ‘flats’ from which combs modern bungalow, or house; they just weren’t to mind. would otherwise be cut. Two photos of a worried but the owners were. They had spent My clients thought the Shakespeare units window glazed with horn at this property many years in their picturesque, Thomas Kincade 'uneven' and the latest, greatest, lead taped are reproduced here and possibly the more fantasy cottage that predated most of the ships reproduction offerings, ‘smart’. It would have interesting one is that taken without flash, that sailed in the Spanish Armada and anyway, been easier to sell them the idea of installing an showing how much (or little) daylight they liked the way that visitors bumped their inward, slanting rear screen from a Ford Anglia. actually penetrated. heads on its crossbeams. Of course, the windows now seen in Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) wrote a poem That was why they had bought the property Shakespeare senior’s house were most likely later called A Truthful Song about a bricklayer and a in the first place and not a standard modern replacements, as no ordinary glove maker would shipwright. Here are two couplets from it: chalet bungalow. They wanted something have been able to afford glass in the middle ‘unique’ and ‘period’. 1500s. It was something that only land owning Continued overleaf Glass & Glazing Products January 2013 89


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