Although we think of glass as something that’s manufactured, it’s found in many forms in the natural world. So, you could say that glass is as ancient as rock.

The Romans appear to be the first civilisation to use glass in windows with coloured glass fragments dating to the 7th century excavated in Northumbria. However, stained glass as we know it is associated with medieval times, where it was used in gothic architecture in places of worship. Many ancient examples still exist today.

The oldest remaining stained glass in situ (in its original installation) survives in Canterbury Cathedral. It dates from the 12th century, installed in 1184. Surviving stained glass examples from the 13th, 14th, 15th and all centuries thereafter also exist.

During medieval times, stained glass was used to honour God and teach people about Christianity. It was a way to teach the poor (who were mostly illiterate at the time) about God. Stained glass played out important stories from the books of Genesis to Revelations, so that poor people could honour God and access religion.

Interestingly, this medieval art form remains consistent through time. However, we can distinguish some 12th-century stained glass examples from later glass because clear glass was developed during the 13th century. The oldest example of clear class survives in the Five Sisters window at York Minster. It’s still in place if you’d like to see it.

Summing up, the history of stained glass windows goes back centuries and there are preserved examples across the UK dating back as far as the reign of Henry II. Stained glass has survived the ages and is considered one of the purest artforms.

Add a touch of colour to your windows and doors

Stained glass became popular in homes from the 1860s to the 1930s where it was used for features in front doors and stairwell windows. Its popularity fizzled out after the Second World War but saw a resurgence in the 1980s. Today, stained glass is a stylish, timeless and classy home feature, especially for period properties.

If you want to add a touch of colour to your windows and doors, stained glass is a great choice. It suits modern and period properties, and it can be installed anywhere regular glazing would be, including external and external doors and windows. It’s also available as double glazing so there’s no downside in efficiency.

Stained glass window styles

As specialist glaziers, K Glazing can manufacture stained glass to your designs, to give your home a unique touch. We also offer a standard range of more than 200 colours in a variety of styles so you can achieve exactly what you have in mind.

Stained glass can be specified in any size and design to fit anywhere regular glazing would be installed. Stained glass can be specified with double or single glazing to suit your home or we can install it with secondary glazing.

Because we are a specialist glazier, we do much more than just supply windows. We can create single stained glass sheets or incorporate your designs in double or triple glazing. We can also replicate existing stained glass designs and match your new stained glass windows to the rest of the windows in your property.

Whether you’re looking for a change, or a stained glass window in your home has smashed and you need it recreating, we’re here to help.

Get in touch with us today to discuss stained glass. Call us on 01977 700025 or send us an email at and we’ll respond within 24-hours.