In our Grade II listed house the conservation officer was insistent on two major items: Lime plaster must remain lime plaster and original windows must remain, except for one which was way beyond repair.

Courtesy of two completely refurbished windows are now back in place.

Where they were rusted, frames broken, hinges solid and not opening and caked in rust, they are now fully functioning, opening windows and powder coated in sage green. It is the opening latches with their fleur de lys profiles and monkey tail handles that give them their distinct character.

How old? Do they date back to when the houses were first built? Both windows come from the cottage that was built in the early 1800s, and not the cottage built around 1750. Cotswold Casements confirms its renovators considered they were dealing with original windows. So, they could be more than a couple of hundred years old.