Conservatory Design: A Glorious History12/09/2017
Victorian and Edwardian style conservatories have an enduring popularity that have long captured homeowners' imaginations. These period styles offer a versatile and elegant solution to expand any home. Believed to have originated in the 17th century, the first conservatories were used by wealthy landowners who sought to cultivate citrus fruits, imported by traders from the Mediterranean. It was during Queen Victoria's reign that the concept of the conservatory really began to take hold. Read on for a little bit more about the glorious history of the conservatory.
Originally built in Hyde Park, the 'Crystal Palace' was a huge cast-iron and plate-glass structure used to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. Organised by Prince Albert and inventor Henry Coke, this was the first of a series of hugely popular world fairs. The construction of the 'Crystal Palace' launched the possibility of glass architectural design into the public imagination and inspired miniature imitations in the gardens of the upper and upper-middle classes.
Whilst there are many styles of conservatory available today, when we think of a conservatory, it is the original ornate structure of a Victorian conservatory that usually comes to mind. Similarly, the use of conservatories to overwinter delicate plants, keeping them warm and dry, is a purpose that continues to be one of the most popular reasons for conservatories today.
The Edwardians weren’t as keen on gardening, but they knew how to throw a party. The squarer shaped conservatories that they developed – today’s most popular design – allowed for furniture to be pushed back against the walls when hosting guests.
Whether you love gardening and architecture like the Victorians or partying like the Edwardians, if you have been inspired to expand your home, you can view some of our conservatories and orangeries at our showrooms in Wymondham and Diss. If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 01953 600505.
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