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The History of Conservatories

The History of Conservatories

Bespoke conservatories are a popular home extension in England.

Not only does a conservatory installation provide us with more space, but they they are a beautiful location in our home that can be used any time during the year, that provides us with a beautiful view of the garden.

The question is, what was the conservatory design originally used for, where did the name conservatory originate from and when did conservatories first start getting built?

If these are questions that have been bugging you, then read on and enjoy this short history lesson on the history of conservatories.
 

The Conservatory Name Origin

The word conservatory when broken down, comes from Italian and Latin.

The word “conservato” in Italian means “to be stored or preserved”, which makes sense considering conservatories can be used to store plants and to help them grow.

Meanwhile, “ory” in Latin means “a place for”. Originally, this word was used to describe a structure that wasn’t glazed and that people would use to store food.
 

What is a Conservatory?

Since the Italian and Latin meanings of the word conservatory, our modern day idea of what this word means has dramatically changed.

A house conservatory is now known to be a home extension to the back of your house, with windows on the exterior walls and sometimes a glass or an opaque roof to get as much light in the conservatory as possible.

A home conservatory is generally used as a sitting room, where people can relax with their guests and enjoy the view of the garden. This is an ideal option whether you have a large conservatory or a small conservatory.

Meanwhile, people sometimes opt to have a kitchen conservatory, to provide their home with more space.

Take a look and see what inspiration strikes for your own conservatory in our article “Top 10 Conservatory Uses“.
 

The History of Conservatories

17th century: It was in the 17th century that the first form of conservatories, known as orangeries were built, due to citrus plants and fruits being delivered from abroad.

These conservatories were made of stone but are built with more windows unlike the houses they were built to, to ensure as much light as possible could enter the room to benefit the conservatory plants.

The main duty of conservatories were to protect plants and to help plants grow. These conservatory styles were mainly used by the scientific community. It was mainly foreign plants that were kept in these conservatory rooms for further study and understanding of the different plants that were collected.

1761: The orangery at Kew Gardens was built by William Chambers.

1825: Buckingham Palace’s conservatories were built by Josh Nash.

1836: The largest glass building in the world, The Great Stove was built by Joseph Paxton.

1840’s: Joseph Paxton went on to then build the conservatory at Hampton Court.

1844 – 1848: Between these two dates, the Palm House at Kew Gardens was built.

1851: Hyde Park’s Crystal Palace was built and was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton.

1859: The largest Victorian glasshouse, which is still standing to this very day, is the Temperate House at Kew Gardens, designed by architect, Decimus Burton. An interesting fact about this glasshouse, is that is actually took a total of 40 years to completely build.

2014: Different roofing options became available for conservatories.

Are you looking into building a conservatory for your home? Why not call Grovewood of Essex on 01268 578 118 (CLICK TO CALL) and we will supply you with a free quote and advice on our conservatory installation services.

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