The Glass House

From the Cragside Garden Blog:

The Orchard House, we believe, was built circa 1870′s. We have no official documentation with regards to this but photos from around this time show the Orchard House and the old Top Terrace glasshouse range. However we believe that Lord Armstrong possibly designed the Orchard House and a company called Mackenzie and Moncur Hothouse Builders, Heating and Ventilating Engineers built the Top Terrace glasshouse range.

In 1993 the National Trust dismantled the original structure of the Orchard House and started the restoration. All of the metalwork was retained and approximately 10% of the glass has been reused. This has a slightly purle tint to it. The wooden framework is an exact replica of what was dismantled. In 1994 Sir David Bellamy came and placed the last finial on the top of the roof and officially opened the Orchard House.

The Glass House

Inside the Glass House

Garden View

14 Comments CherryPie on Feb 13th 2014

14 Responses to “Cragside Glasshouse”

  1. Ayush says:

    nice post, but the third shot is really excellent.

  2. ....peter:) says:

    It doesn’t who designed this orchard Cherie…. it is magnificent and you have captured all of its beauty in these four images….peter:)

  3. Ginnie says:

    Glasshouses are so fun, Cherry. Don’t you wonder who first thought them up! This is so English…!

  4. These colourful flowers reminded me of my tropical home country, Malaysia. Ha! :)

  5. Claude says:

    What a beautiful garden, in and out.

  6. Astrid says:

    Isn’t it amazing what they grow in Greenhouses. LOVE the flowers and all the colours.

  7. J_on_tour says:

    Good to see the restoration completed and looking resplendent. Sadly most of my visits to Cragside occurred prior to 1993, still haven’t had the opportunity to rectify that.