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This sash window in a Victorian Terrace in Annandale, was replaced in about 2004. The house would have been built around 1880 and it was probably the original window. The putty used to hold the glass in place is extremely hard and not at all brittle.
The window was on a stairwell and to comply with safety regulation the glass in the window would have had to be replaced. As the window was never opened and the replacement of the pains would be a costly exercise the window was replaced with slumped glass.
The Sash Window comprises two parts with a pulley system built into the frame of the window which helps to open the window to varying amounts. The chord in these windows often breaks or perishes over time. To repair them involves removing the windows from the frame and repairing or replacing the chord and pulley.
Sash windows continued to be used in Sydney and also appear in dwellings built in Annandale in the 1920-30s. However, these later windows are much simpler with no coloured or frosted patterned glass.
Each book in this series is a self guided historical walk through Annandale. Each walk explores the people and construction of Annandale. Each book covers two decades of Annandales History a hundred years apart. The first book in the series, 1890s Annandale: A Short Walk, covers the 1790s and 1890s...more.
This page www.ramin.com.au/annandale/window.shtml last updated 10 February 2009.