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Windows were still heavily barred in the Early Tudor houses. Normally such bars were outside the glass and this can be clearly seen in the drawing below. Glass being comparatively new and expensive was
only made in small sizes so that the small leaded pane, which might of course vary considerably shape, was a necessary feature of all the windows of this period. Such glass was rarely pure white, a pale green or greenish yellow or some other pale tint has usual. Though thin and apparently fragile, these delicately tinted panes still to be seen in many old houses. They must therefore have had a tenacity and strength considerably greater than some of the less flawed glass of a later date. The ogee arches, at the top of this very window, arc of course more typical of an earlier date than Henry VII but traditional styles in architecture were a great many windows with fine tracery stonework to be found at this period still being made for domestic purposes.The stonemason derived most of his knowledge from ecclesiastical architecture, and his early training normally consisted of making painstaking copies of existing designs which when once thoroughly understood lasted him a life time, and could be utilized again and again.
A much more usual design was that consist of mullions and transoms crowned with a four-centered
arch with cut-out spandrels. An example of this style
appears at the bottom of the next page.
An interesting little window is shown at the top,
with wooden mullions and iron bars inside, the
glass cut in diamond and lozenge shapes, the smaller
panes being originally all slightly darker in colour. A
dropped shutter is encased in the wall paneling
below the window to pull when required and hook
onto the Oak Beam cover the window. This is one of the earliest shutters included in the actual structure