Weavers' windows

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Huguenot weavers' houses at Canterbury

Weavers' windows are large horizontal windows on the top floor of a dwelling that allowed the residents light to weave. Weavers' windows are associated with the Hugenot migration to Britain and Ireland.[1] Before the Industrial revolution, weaving was carried out in the homes of weavers, and their looms were typically on the top floor of their dwellings, lit by "Weavers' windows", long windows that admitted the most sunlight.[2] Weavers' windows were also called "lights".[3]

In chapter 17 of A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison wrote:

And the wreckers tore down the foul old houses, laying bare the secret dens of a century of infamy; lifting out the wide sashes of the old ‘weavers’ windows’— the one good feature in the structures letting light and air at last into the subterraneous basements where men and women had swarmed, and bred, and died, like wolves in their lairs.[4]


  1. ^ "Multicultural London—Changing shadows". The Economist. The Economist Group. 18 December 2003. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Richards, J M (1968). The functional tradition in early industrial buildings. Architectural Press. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "British History Online—Silk Weaving". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "A Child of the Jago". ebooks.adelaide.edu.au. University of Adelaide. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 

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