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A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN BY ENGLISH HERITAGE TO PROTECT OUR LEGACY OF TRADITIONAL WINDOWS AND DOORS

So what's it all about and why do people like Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh make the tabloids on the subject?  Well - put simply it's about not changing the windows in your house or flat for a type of window that ignores the original designer's idea of what looked right in the overall shape and style of the building.

That's all right you might say, for heritage windows in castles, churches and stately homes, but not for the average terrace house or suburban 'semi' and you probably thought the council, or someone like that, had people to stop eye-sores appearing on every street.

Well - you would be wrong on both counts, at least partially.  There is protection against architectural vandalism on listed buildings and this does include many of our most notable buildings. But it also excludes the vast majority of Victorian  and 20th Century buildings that are not particularly famous.  If it's not 'listed' the local council Planning and Building Control Officer is not likely to be interested.

So it's your opinion as a householder and local citizen that this campaign is aimed at, as well as the owners and occupiers of commercial premises with commercial windows. If you are considering changing your windows or a handsome local building is to be modernised, have a thought for the architectural heritage of the property and the external impact it makes on your local environment.

West Leigh are market leaders in the accurate facsimile re-windowing of buildings originally fitted with metal windows made from wrought iron, cast iron and steel - in fact the Company has, since the nineteen forties, gained considerable experience in this type of work and have often worked on projects where English Heritage has been involved.

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