November 24, 2017

Leadlighting

by Helen Wheeler

What is Leadlights?

Leadlights are decorative windows made from small sections of glass supported in lead cames (frames). The glass used is sometimes beveled, textured or etched and may be coloured or clear.

The History of Leadlights?

Leadlights have been in existence for hundreds of years, the earliest versions created by the Romans and Byzantines. From the thirteenth century churches and public buildings in Europe had elaborate leadlight windows such as the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In Australia, leadlight windows started started to feature in  public buildings such as the Sydney Town Hall from the 1880s. They were introduced into homes in the 1890s and were used extensively until 1939 when war time austerity led to less ornate domestic archtechure.

 

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