Proposed Conservatory for Major Bousfield: Four Original Drawings for a Conservatory at Parkside, Kendal
Weeks & Co, Kings Road, Chelsea, London ..... 'Horticultural Builders and Warming Engineers. Perspective view of the conservatory in pen and ink 350x580mm + two plans and a sectional drawing each 300x500mm, unframed. Major Nathaniel Bousfield, MP for Bath lived for a few years at Parkside in a house designed by J. S. Crowther for Robert Crewsden, a textile manufacturer from Alderley Edge where Crowther was based. Crowther is probably best known for his restoration work at Manchester Cathedral. He built a fine gothic revival house in 1865. The Crewsden family sold the property to Bousfield in 1869 but they sold it on in 1875 dating these drawings between these two dates. Superb pen and ink perspective and one plan which documents the floor plan with plants in situ. Beautifully executed. Weeks & Co are are well known firm and were working from the 1820s on glass houses. By 1818 they had established a nursery in London but soon developed both a system of hot houses and heating systems for them using steam. The firm had various financial ups and downs but after 1840 they grew from strength to strength. In 1853 designed the Grand Winter Garden at Chelsea to promote the firm and act as a second Crystal Palace for London. Surviving plans for domestic hot houses rarely appear on the market for sale. There are plans for Ingestree Hall by Weeks in Staffordshire Record Office and other sets for sites in Suffolk and Herefordshire.