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Conservatories and orangeries are a very popular addition to many modern homes. However if it was not for Sir Joseph Paxton born over two hundred years ago they may never have become so popular. Sir Joesph Paxton was born on the 3rd August 1803 from a humble background, the son of a farmer he grew up to design the Great Conservatory at Chatworth House and The Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition in 1851. Without him it is unlikely that the popularity of conservatories during the Victorian era would have been so great. Modern conservatories and orangeries have evolved from the conservatories designed by Sir Joseph Paxton all those years ago.
Paxton started off as a garden boy at the age of fifteen, his career soon took off and by the age of 20 he was working for the Horticultural Society. It was here that he was noticed by William Cavendish the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Duke appointed Paxton as head gardener at his family’s large country estate Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in 1826. Paxton soon started to make his mark building the Emperor Fountain at the time the tallest gravity fed fountain in the world.
But it was in 1837 when Paxton started working on the Great Conservatory at Chatsworth. At the time of construction it was the largest glass building in the world at cost of more than £30,000 to build. People came from far and wide to see the conservatory including Queen Victoria herself.
Following on from the success of the Great Conservatory in 1851 Paxton was commissioned to design the Crystal Palace to hold the great exhibition. It was higher than Westminster Abbey and 1,851ft long. He was praised highly for this work and became a famous man he even received a knighthood in 1851 from Queen Victoria.
Many people visited these fantastic conservatories and decided they wanted a scaled down version for their homes and conservatories soon became very popular indeed. Since this time conservatories have gone through phases of being very fashionable. It was not however until the end of the twentieth century with improvements in technology such as double glazing that meant conservatories were not only affordable by the masses but also a space that could be used throughout the year helping them to become more popular than eve
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