This is probably the finest example of a Gothic revivalist window that I have ever seen.
I came across this sash window whilst on a weekend break in Ely, Cambridgeshire. My reason for visiting this city-the second smallest in Britain, was to see the Cathedral and the Stained glass museum within.
This beauty is in the high street above a building society. The Tracery- that’s the timber elements that support the glass is truly extraordinary with its hidden intricate joints dividing the whole window into symmetrical perfection.
The Angel lights – the upper panes of glass on the curved window section, from what I can determine are a combination of fused and painted glass resulting in an outstanding visual display of colour and patterns. And to top it all the Crockets- the figurative carvings and frieze that adorns the frame. It does not get better than this.
I stood there for some time admiring this masterpiece of joinery and glazing. My wife does think that I am slightly odd to get so carried away with a window! But for me this is art.
I imagine it was made during the revivalist period for all things gothic say around 1820s /30s. I can only hazard a guess at the extraordinary effort that went into designing manufacturing and installation of this piece. All for the expression of love for a style called Gothic.
Sad to say that I can see areas that do require some work, particularly the putty which if left will continue to break down, crack and allow wet rot to take a hold. I do hope that someone is going to look after this for future generations to admire.