Learn about Windsor Chair

The Windsor chair, the prototype of most stick or spindle chairs, has been made since the 17th century and is probably the strongest, most enduring and most influential of all the wooden cottage chairs.

With the spread of the British Empire, the Windsor chair has been taken in all its diverse forms to every corner of the English-speaking world. In Britain, these chairs have traditionally been manufactured in the High Wycombe area of Buckinghamshire, hence the alternative name 'High Wycombe chairs'. The derivation of the name Windsor is uncertain and suggestions that it was bestowed by George III, who ordered some, have been largely dismissed.

Loudon, in his Encyclopedia describes Windsor chairs as 'one of the best kitchen chairs in general use in the midland counties of England' and his general description is still one of the most succinct:

The seats are usually of elm, somewhat hollowed out; the outer rail of the back is a single piece of ash, bent to a horseshoe form by being previously heated or steamed. Its ends are then inserted into two holes bored though the seat and are wedged firmly in from the underside. more...
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A set of six Gothic revival Windsor style chairs, English 19th century, 93 cm high

Harlequin set of six 19th century beech and elm hoop back chairs, with a wheel carved splats and a star carved splats, a shaped seat on a stretcher base, together with a Windsor chair with hoop back, above a contoured seat, raised on turned legs. (7)

Set of six English elm wood Windsor arm chairs, 19th century, with plank wood seats, labels LAPADA, the Association of Art and Antique Dealers, London, certificate of age/country of origin

A matched set of six 19th century low back Windsor armchairs in various woods with variously pierced splats and turned legs

A matched set of six 18th century Thames Valley Windsor armchairs, in various timbers including yew, elm and beech, the shaped top rails above variously shaped and pierced splats, on cabriole legs

A set of six 19th century elm wheel back Windsor chairs, each with a bowed spindle back and a pierced wheel splat, raised on turned tapering legs United by cross stretchers