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VICTORIAN CONSERVATORIES

The Victorian period lasting from 1837 to 1901, covers a wide range of architectural styles most of which can be used to design a bespoke Victorian Conservatory. It was during Victoria’s reign that the English love affair with conservatories started and the Great Exhibition and the building of the Crystal Palace had more to do with this than anything else.

Victorian Conservatories by Richmond Oak Ltd for Suffolk UK

The Crystal Palace showed Victorians what could be done with glass and clever engineering, but it wasn’t until a little later that mass production of glass would start and enable conservatories to be built economically.

The conservatory design that most people would call Victorian is the Queen Anne Style. Following the publication of a book by Thackeray in 1852 that featured Queen Anne, the country became besotted with an interpretation of the fashion of Queen Anne and homes and furniture were built in this style.

QUEEN ANNE STYLE CONSERVATORY

A Queen Anne Style Conservatory will include some or all of the following features. A steep roof, a dwarf wall with a textured surface or patterned brickwork and half-timbering and asymmetrical shape. As Queen Anne homes had a front facing gable and usually a round or square tower as well, this was incorporated into conservatory design with the tower being replaced by a roof lantern that added extra height to the roof. (See Conservatory Design.

ARTS & CRAFTS CONSERVATORY

The Arts & Crafts style of design and architecture was at its height between 1880 and 1910. It includes the Art Nouveau style and is characterised by the use of hand crafted finishes, anti-industrial processes and the lack of unnecessary decoration. An Arts & Crafts Conservatory will have a low roofline, exposed construction features such as wooden pegs in beams and bare stone or brick interiors. A pebble dash finish was often given to external brickwork.

You can have a lot of fun decorating the interior of an Arts & Crafts conservatory with decorations and furniture influenced by William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

BUILDING A VICTORIAN STYLE CONSERVATORY TODAY

If you have a Victorian home and are planning to add a conservatory to it, understanding the different styles of Victorian architecture and how these can be applied to a design will be important if you require Planning Permission.

Owners of modern homes of modern homes can also incorporate these features into their conservatory design and be rewarded with a beautiful conservatory that will complement their home.

If you have decided that a Victorian design is what you are looking for or need further advice please give us a call. We are always happy to advise on Victorian Conservatory design, so please contact us if you have any questions or wish to meet one of our designers.

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