From our earliest times, the need for light has been central to our needs as humans. Letting light into a cave or crude structure allowed its inhabitants to better perform tasks and navigate their surroundings, alerting them to the day’s cycle and keeping them in sync with it – something that we now understand is vital to human health and emotional health and wellbeing.

In England pre 16th century, most windows were of stone or timber construction with unglazed openings that could be covered in various ways: oiled cloth, paper, shutters, or even thin sheets of horn. Glazed windows were reserved for those buildings of the highest stature, and they were generally small panes of glass set in lead strip latticework. With the 16th century came the Tudor dynasty…

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