1. Conservatories were frequently used as a symbol of wealth and status during the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally, it was only the wealthiest of landowners that would own a conservatory, however, nowadays they are used more practically to add extra space and light to a home.
2. During WW2 there was a halt in conservatory construction as resources were focused elsewhere and in other industries. Despite the war finishing in 1945 the industry did not restart until the 1950s following the invention of insulated glass.
3. They originated in the 16th century when wealthy landowners sought to cultivate citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. These were mainly built in a style know as an Orangerie, this look has now become popular again after been modernised and adapted to fit the 21st century lifestyle.
4. In the UK the legal definition of a conservatory is 50% of its side walls has to be glazed and 75% must be made from translucent materials.
5. Conservatories have adapted to people's lifestyles, originally beginning as a place to house plants; then were used more for social gatherings in the 19th century; now they have become popular in residential properties to provide extra space, style and light.