St Mary’s at Willen was built in 1680 and this is the North side of the nave. Note the regular spacing and pleasant proportions. The hoodmould is an integral part of the surround, and extends all the way down to the sill.
How Old Are Church Windows?
This is the third of a short series; a guide to identifying and dating church windows.
In these posts (there will be a total of four) you will learn to recognise their type and approximate age, and from that you may often be able to work out the age of at least part of the church, if not the whole building.
Photos of examples are all from North Bucks churches.
1547 to around 1780
Classical period buildings looked back to the forms and proportions of ancient Greek and Roman architecture.
The buildings are designed with great regard for pleasing proportions and have simpler ornamentation than the previous styles. This period saw a return to semicircular window tops in churches, sometimes with circular windows at high level.
Windows are usually large, and regularly spaced in the walls. They will be all the same in a given wall or part of a building. Glazing bars are generally of simple design.
I used copies of the two books above while researching this series.
This is St Martin’s church at Dunton. From the outside it seems to have a classical nave set between a Medieval tower and chancel, but the nave is earlier than both. It’s because the South wall of the nave had to be rebuilt in the 18th Century, near the end of the classical period.
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