A History of Coloured Windows in Glasgow and Britain

This article will examine the history of coloured windows and how they came into prominence in Glasgow and beyond. There are several styles which coloured windows originated from in history, including heraldic symbols such as the Fleur-de-lis, and Crowns. This article will also include cleaning tips for any coloured window.

If you’re interested in the history of coloured windows, start with the Renaissance. The 16th century used coloured glass heavily in heraldic windows, featuring intricate crests and creatures. Abraded glass was removed from medieval windows using hydrofluoric acid, a highly dangerous process. By the 19th century, sandblasting was used to remove flash from windows. For more information, read the articles below.

Polished plate glass

Polished plate glass was first produced in Britain in the late eighteenth century, but the production process was expensive and it was generally only used for the most luxurious rooms in high-class homes. In 1834, cylinder-sheet production from Germany became available. This new process produced better-quality glass in larger sheets, and was combined with a decrease in the window tax. As a result, the cost of glass began to fall, and the emergence of coloured windows began. By the early nineteenth century, most windows in private homes were made with patterned plate glass. In 2022 coloured windows are widely available. Here is an example of how coloured windows in Glasgow look like today:

coloured windows


The history of crowns on coloured windows dates back to the fifteenth century where coloured windows were arguably at their peak amongst the British royalists. The current version of the crown design however is more commercially available to Glasgow home owners. It was developed in 1937 by British jeweller, Garrard. Crowns typically feature oak leaf patterns, fleur-de-lis patterns, and a cross pattee that represents Christianity. They are sometimes topped with a globe, called a monde. This type of window decoration is also called a finial. Crowns are often changed to reflect political and economic reasons.

crown coloured window

Originally, instead of crowns the French innovated coloured windows and decorated using a heraldic fleur-de-lis symbol which was a stylized flower with three parts, which is a reference to the iris, not a lily. The French version of the fleur-de-lis has three parts, which resemble a Greek cross. The lily never has yellow flowers, while irises have yellow flowers. During the heraldic “Decadence,” the fleur-de-lis was stylized, and commentators attempted to distinguish between small variations. Those of us who love flowers know the symbolism: flowers die and bloom.

How Coloured Windows Are Kept Fresh

If you have ever wondered how the colours of your coloured windows were created new every day, you’ll know that the origin of the keeping the colour of windows looking new is that of vinegar. This substance is created by the fermentation of natural sugars into alcohol. The process has been around for centuries and is considered a safe and effective household cleaning solution. Whether you use it to clean windows or to clean your house, it’s an excellent choice for both domestic and commercial purposes.