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Peak District B&B Near Chatsworth House: Tribute to Joseph Paxton at RHS Chatsworth

Joseph Paxton was one of those great over-acheiving Victorians.  From humble beginnings with no formal eduation he started out as a garden boy at the Horticultural Society's Chiswick Gardens.  One day he was questioned by the Duke of Devonshire while he was working.  The duke was instantly impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm and offered him the job of Head Gardener at Chatsworth on the spot!  Paxton was just 20 years old.  He quickly made a name for himself‚ redesigning vast sections of the gardens and going on to build some of the greatest greenhouses the world has ever seen‚ learning the skills for construction in glass and iron which he used to design and build the famous Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851.  While at Chatsworth Paxton joined the board of the Midland Railway Company and was responsible for the many of the railway buildings in the towns and villages around the Estate‚ including our own Old Station House‚ built for the station master of Rowsley's new railway station in 1850. Paxton became an MP in 1854 and remained so until his death in 1865.  He is buried in the grounds of St Peter's Church‚ Edensor on the Chatsworth Estate.

 

DATED: 30/05/2017


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