Why are old windows and doors important?
Historic windows, doors and other external features are important because they form an integral part of the fabric of old buildings and add to their special character. A change to the style or appearance of 1 of these features can disrupt the overall appearance and harmony of a building.
The impact of change can be dramatic and of detriment not only to the individual historic building but also to the character of a street or lane which can undermine the Island's:
Holistic historic protection
It is important that the historic character and integrity of historic buildings is maintained throughout, and the approach to the repair and replacement of windows and external doors should extend to the whole of the property and not just the main or public façade. The protection of historic buildings extends to the whole of the building’s exterior and not, as has been suggested in the past, only to those parts visible from public vantage points or to the front elevation.
Download Windows and doors in historic buildings; repair and replacement- SPG policy note 2 (June 2008) (size 89kb)