Saturday 17 May 2014

Seven New Windows

Thanks to the carpentry skills of Bill Pitt and his posse in Kirriemuir, seven of the principal floor windows from Balintore Castle, have now been restored/rebuilt/replaced - depending on what was there, or not there, to begin with. These are all of the windows on the building's principal floor with the exception of those making up the dining room's oriel window. The oriel's super-structure collapsed about sixteen years ago, so this needs rebuilding before any consideration is given to re-manufacturing the three component sash windows which were crushed in the fall.

As you can tell from the photographs, the sash windows on the principal floor are enormous - the biggest in the castle. Five of us carried each window from the van to the drawing room, where they are now awaiting installation. For one of the windows I left the others to it, and recorded the trip in photographs. Knees were definitely buckling even more. 

I can barely wait for these windows to be installed as they will make a significant different to the look of the outside of the castle, and bring much needed light into the castle's interior - currently rather dark as the window openings are boarded up. 

Above all, I am looking forward to looking through the bay window in the drawing room, as the looks southwards across the Quharity Glen: the very view that caused the castle to be build in the first place, in its elevated position on the side of Cat Law mountain.

extracting the window from the van

frog-marching the window to the entrance

in through the entrance door

steering round a tight corner

bringing window to rest in the drawing room

pile of new windows in drawing room - awaiting installation


  1. Let there be light!

  2. I agree...loveliest excited!!!

  3. oh how fun. Imagine the amount of light those lg windows will let in!

  4. And what things of beauty they be! Congrats!