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1 – The History, Development and Construction of the English Window, circa 1600-1960

 Categories included are: ●the development of glass ●blacksmith-made flat-frame casements/leaded lights ●the sash window, and its complex and fascinating development ●regional varieties of windows, including Yorkshire Lights ●window ironmongery ●cast-iron domestic and industrial windows (and other metal types, such as zinc) ●the development of the many forms of the window shutter, external and internal ●the development of casement windows, including early factory made iron and steel windows, and later standard Crittall-type casements ●decorative domestic glass ■


2 – The History and Development of the English Door, circa 1600-1960  

This tutorial deals with external and internal doors, and includes: ●vernacular ledged and boarded doors ●the development of the panelled door ●the door and its social hierarchy in the house ●the beginnings of mass production and introduction of plywood panels ●the flush door ●ironmongery – door-knockers, letter-plates, bolts, hinges, boot-scrapers and so on ●the development of the fanlight, circa 1690-1939. This important architectural detail is covered in depth with a wealth of examples in The Collection, with an emphasis on the construction of 18th and early 19th century door fanlights ●the development of period mouldings, circa 1700-1939 – includes architraves, skirting, picture-rails and dado mouldings ■


3 – The Development of the Domestic Staircase, circa 1690-1939

 Baluster designs, use of cast-iron and lead in newel-posts and balusters, the social hierarchy of the staircase and hand-rail profiles are all included. Sectioned examples can be inspected. They illustrate overall construction as well as string/tread/riser and complex hand-rail designs, as well as regional variations ■


4 – The Development of the Coal-Burning Fire-Grate, circa 1750-1950

 This tutorial includes all kinds of coal-burning grate, including basket styles, the development of cast-iron varieties, hob, register, tiled and unusual patent types. Gothic designs, Arts & Crafts Revival grates, 1950 traditional and modern designs are included ■


5 – The Development of Rainwater Heads, circa 1700-1960

 Another wide range of examples illustrates this tutorial, from early lead types to copper, zinc, cast-iron and aluminium. Embracing the various stylistic changes of each period, it stresses the importance of retaining these characterful architectural features and how they contribute greatly to the façade of a building ■

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“Last week I attended a course by Charles Brooking at Greenwich University, looking at the history of windows. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative afternoon, and the collection surpassed all my expectations.” MARIANNE SÜHR

The Right Course

Building on the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses that he gave whilst the Collection was based at the University of Greenwich, Charles is now continuing to provide a range of hands-on tutorials at Cranleigh, near Guildford in Surrey. These are adaptable and can be adjusted to suit audiences from planning, architecture, design and historical backgrounds as well as home-owners wishing to look after their period homes. Each tutorial takes an afternoon and they can be booked separately.

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