Paxton, Sir Joseph (18031865)

Paxton, Sir Joseph, architect of the Crystal Palace, born in Bedfordshire, was originally a gardener in the service of the Duke of Devonshire, and promoted to the charge of the duke's gardens at Chatsworth, where he displayed the architectural ability in the construction of large glass conservatories which developed itself in the construction of the Great Exhibition of 1851, for which he received the honour of knighthood (18031865).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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