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The History of the Conservatory


The origins of a conservatory can be traceable to the sixteenth century when affluent landowners looked for ways to grow citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. These fruits were initially brought into the country by merchants from other warmer regions of the Mediterranean.

The nineteenth century became the golden age for the erection of conservatory structures for preserving plants in England. Based on our love for gardening, the English brought new technologies to conservatory heating. Many of the great public conservatories you see around today that are made of glass and iron were built during this era. An example of a huge greenhouse is Kew Gardens in London. Towards the end of the 19th century conservatories began to be used socially as well, such as for hosting of tea parties.

Municipal conservatories can be seen in many cities, particularly cities in cold climate regions with huge European populations. These conservatories are used for holding flowers and tropical plants displays. At the onset of the World War II, the building of conservatories as plant rooms in the UK came to a stop. Then, n the 1950s and 60s, insulated glass became very popular and so came the development of sunroom structures.

In the 70s, the Victorian styling of nineteenth century English conservatories were recreated by builders for domestic use, now incorporating the insulated glass technology. A whole lot of development has come up on all these over the years and now in the United Kingdom there is a sort of legal description of what a conservatory is. It is said to be a structure with about fifty percent of its side wall part glossed and at least about seventy five percent of the roof also glossed with transparent materials. These materials could either be glass or polycarbonate sheeting.

Today, the expression solarium, sunroom and conservatory are usually used interchangeably by the general public. However, the expression, conservatory, induces the picture of an ornate structure which echoes the tradition of the Victorian era of conservatory structure. These stunning structures have been built and designed all around the world today. They appear in various places such as private gardens, botanical institutions and parks. There are also smaller garden conservatories which have become extremely famous today. They have become very well-known as environment for conserving plants, part greenhouses, part recreation, sunroom, or as a solarium. Apart from all these, these conservatories are also know for places that can be used as extra room instead of a place for horticulture. In order to keep these places comfortable areas to inhabit all year round, there is now a great need for temperature control in conservatories. Conservatory air conditioning can apply heating in winter and cooling in summer to make your conservatory an even more fantastic place to hang out.

Posted in: Conservatory Climate Control Domestic Air Con Solutions Latest News - On: 31st of August, 2011