Glasshouses were built at Tatton from around the mid
1700’s. They were used for growing pineapples along with many
other fruit including figs, apricots, grapes, peaches and
The latest glasshouse restoration is that of the Pinery Vinery.
This restored glasshouse is possibly the only genuine, rebuilt
example of a Pinery Vinery in existence in Britain. It was
originally designed by Samuel Wyatt during the heyday of the
pineapple as a status symbol, when individual fruits were sold for
the equivalent of £5,000 today.
Glasshouses not only produced fruit for the
table but also pot plants and cut flowers for the main house.
The addition of orchid and general pot plant growing glasshouses
made this possible.
In its heyday, Tatton had as many as 20 orchid houses. One of those
has now been restored and houses an extensive collection of
orchids. It is hoped that in the future it will be able to
replicate a small collection of some of the orchids introduced
originally by James Bateman of Biddulph Grange, who was a close
friend of the family.
The family also enjoyed taking guests around the gardens and
glasshouses - to this end the conservatory, fernery and show house
The Conservatory has recently undergone restoration work to restore
it to its original plan and is now open to the public. The stunning
Fernery can be enjoyed with its extensive collection of ferns and
tree ferns from New Zealand and Australia collected by one of the
family, Captain Charles Randle Egerton. The Fernery was
designed in the late 1850s by Joseph Paxton - famous for building
The adjoining show-house was designed as an area to ‘show off’ the
latest flowering plant material in season at the time. This has
continuously changing displays which can be enjoyed from spring to