Chilstone Tour: Kew Gardens
Monday, October 13, 2014
The next place that Chilstone wanted to highlight in our look back at some past work, is Temperate House in Kew Gardens. Opened in 1862, it's a Grade I-listed showhouse, and is houses Kew's most spectacular plants. Chilstone were asked to restore the stone urns that once adorned the grand glasshouse. The original ornaments on the Temperate House at Kew sadly disappeared after being hidden during the bombing in the Second World War. They were originally designed by Decimus Burton, but all that remained were drawings and some mono photographs in the Kew Archives. Chilstone's talented craftsmen were able to recreate the replacement urns from these scarce sources. The new urns were unveiled by HM the Queen in the 1950s, and they have endured ever since! Chilstone are very proud that our urns are a part of this World Heritage Site.