Windows of Tudor Houses
The windows of the Tudor houses of the poor were covered by horn or wooden shutters. Glass was expensive to make so only included in the houses, mansions and palaces of the rich Tudors. The use of glass made the interiors of the more expensive houses lighter and airier.
Windows of Tudor Houses - Making Glass
To make a pane of glass was a time consuming and painstaking process which made the use of glass so expensive. A blob of glass was blown into a cylinder-shaped bubble which was placed on a cooling table. When the bubble of glass cooled it was then cut in half producing a small piece. The small pieces of glass for the windows of 15th and 16th century houses were joined together with lead. The leaded window panes were constructed in a in a criss-cross or ‘lattice’, pattern and became a feature of 15th and 16th century Houses. The design was a casement windows. Casement windows were attached to a hinge which opened outwards.
Hardwick Hall was owned by Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury, popularly known as Bess of Hardwick. Glass in the Tudor period was an expensive material but its usage in the building of Hardwick Hall produced a spectacular effect on its vast array of windows. Hardwick Hall was owned by The windows of Hardwick Hall created such a wonderful sight that they were immortalised in an old rhyme:
'Hardwick Hall - more glass than wall'
Some of the windows appear to illuminate just one room but they were cleverly constructed to light two rooms on two different storeys. There were also some false windows which concealed chimneys. The use of so much glass made the interior of Hardwick Hall lighter and airier than most other 15th and 16th century Homes.
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