A Fine Crop of Peaches

THE IMPACT OF METAL-FRAMED GLASSHOUSES

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Cultivating tender plants has challenged gardeners in Britain since the sixteenth century when orange trees were sheltered beneath canvas and wood.

By the early-nineteenth century these simple structures had evolved into sophisticated glazed and metal-framed buildings when the Birmingham firm of Jones & Clark became a leading manufacturer.

In 1818 Thomas Clark Junior and John Jones established one of the earliest manufactories of metal-framed glasshouses, at Lionel Street in Birmingham. In a venture that harnessed the benefits of location, new technology, business and marketing skills, they built an enterprise that left its mark on the landscape and culture of the Midlands – and beyond – throughout the nineteenth century.

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