The Heritage Cedar Glasshouse

Heritage greenhouse 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Exhibitor

  18 x 42 ft Bespoke Heritage greenhouse with inline porch. Cost £64,995 -price includes delivery and installation.

A Little Piece of History

Since the eighteenth-century exotic plants, fruits and flowers have been imported by explorers and travelers from all over the world into our cooler northern hemisphere. The aspiration to cultivate such species dates back to the 1800’s and a basic structure being designed to shelter and tender young plants. Due to the costly materials and manufacturing involved, such buildings were limited to the likes of aristocracy and wealthy landowners. In time, through research and development, the early glasshouse was produced. In 1858 Messrs Messenger & Co – Horticultural Builders and Hot Water Engineers were established with the likes of Boulton & Paul Ltd in 1864, and due to popular demand, many more glasshouse producers to follow between 1870 and 1890. The popularity and nation’s love of gardening was born.

In celebration of our 25th year in British manufacturing, recognition to history, and our nation’s love of gardening we are proud to introduce our unique Heritage collection of glasshouses.

The Heritage Glasshouse Inspired by the original Messenger & Co glasshouse, we have created replicas for such recognised bodies as The National Trust, together with various listed buildings of historical importance and gardens of England. The Heritage has been created for the most discerning. Our western red cedar is tight grained, heartwood which is supplied by members of the Timber Federation who recognise the responsibility and importance of the quality of timber they supply. In addition, all of our timber is PEFC certificated and therefore legally and sustainably fell, protecting the forests and supporting communities for future generations. The glasshouse features gothic style doors, handcrafted sculptured supporting frames and chamfered rafters.

In keeping with the original Messenger and also Boulton & Paul glasshouses we include a mechanised roof and side ventilation system, with Victorian style ironwork fitted throughout to maximise the strength of the glasshouse. Each glasshouse is individually handcrafted and made to your exact specification. Having our own in-house design team enables us to produce drawings and assist with any aspect of listed building consent and approval you may require.

Our Larger Heritage Commissions

  • The National Trust of England (Blickling Hall) 60ft x 14ft & 60ft x 10ft
  • Two greenhouses for a member of the Royal Family 44ft x 14ft
  • Mells, Somerset 75ft x 17ft
  • Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire 100ft x 15ft
  • Mold, Flintshire 94ft x 18ft
  • Red Hill, Worcester 18ft x 42ft
  • Monmouth 40ft x 13ft
  • Towcester 65ft x 14ft
  • Lancaster 26ft x 12ft
  • Betchworth 60ft x 16ft

Bespoke Heritage Glasshouse 14ft x 44ft fitted with white maintenance-free roof system and white aluminum gutter. cost £56,485 inc vat.

Heritage greenhouse 3/4 span
Gothic Styled Wooden Greenhouse Doors


Key Heritage Greenhouses Features

  • Timber Frame Work Upgrade
  • Decorative Aluminium Cresting
  • Mechanically Controlled Side Vents
  • Superior Roof Autovents
  • Range of Ironmongery Choices
  • Steel Guttering
  • Heritage greenhouse ventilation mechanism

  • Heritage Greenhouse Vent Mechanism

A custom designed manual casement window system allows complete control over growing conditions within the greenhouse space. The linked lever system opens all side casement windows simultaneously, saving time and increasing growing space.

8 x 12 Heritage Greenhouse Greenhouse Sage Green

Bespoke Heritage Glasshouse 8ft x 12ft fitted with Sage Green maintenance-free roof system and steel gutter and coldframes.

20 x 16 Heritage Greenhouse Greenhouse

Bespoke Heritage Glasshouse 20ft x 60ft with porch atrium detail. Grey maintenance free roof system and rain water gutter.

  Exterior Features

A Heritage greenhouse fitted with black painted tie bars and haunches, in keeping with the Thomas Messenger design style.

Heritage Greenhouse Interior

The oversized timber sections creating the framework of the building are individually chamfered and hand sanded on all faces to ensure a superior standard of finish.

HAND MADE IN THE UK Take a look at our Staffordshire workshops!

  • Entirely manufactured from Western Red Cedar for low maintenance and extended life time(Grade 2 Clear & Better)
  • WINDOW SECTION – A STRONG 2″ x 3″(44mm x 69mm)
  • ROOF SECTION – 2″ x 6″ & 2″ x 3″
  • FULL SHEET GLAZING -12 to 16″ wide 4mm English toughened safety glass(BS 6206 -ClassA)
  • DOOR SIZE – 36″ (900mm) x 6ft 6″ Gothic Style with locking handle
  • Cresting for western red cedar greenhouse

    Aluminium Ridge & Cresting As Standard

  • Cresting for western red cedar greenhouse

    Super MK7 Bayliss Roof Autovents As Standard

  • Cedar staging in timber greenhouses

    Heritage Oversized Staging  As Standard

Prices above are inclusive of 20% VAT, DELIVERY and INSTALLATION in mainland UK


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 Three quarter span with porch

94ft x 18ft 6 bespoke 3/4 span Heritage greenhouse with inline porch

  Heritage 3/4 Span Interior

  National Trust Herritage Greenhouse

The above picture shows two 13ft x 60ft white painted bespoke greenhouses installed at The National Trust’s Blickling Hall Estate, Norfolk. The estate dates back to the 15th century and includes 55 hectares of gardens. We also manufactured and supplied the adjacent coldframes. The estate is open to the public and an ideal opportunity to see the craftsmanship of Woodpecker greenhouses, against the back-drop of Blickling Hall’s beauty and history.
  • Heritage Greenhouse Interior
  • Heritage Glass House Roof Multiple Panes

The greenhouse has been designed with 6″ x 2″ rafters to match the pre-existing building replaced by Woodpecker. The greenhouse has also been designed to complement the existing manual mechanical ventilation system.   By request of the National Trust to keep the same characteristics as the previous greenhouse, the roof glazing has been split into multiple pieces. The haunches fitted within the greenhouse ridge are typical of the late 19th century Boulton and Paul designed greenhouses.


15ft x 100ft Bespoke Lean-to greenhouse, fitted with in-line porch. The design also incorporates the Woodpecker Heritage feature details. cost of £107,995 inc vat.

    Heritage timber greenhouse

20ft x 40ft Bespoke heritage greenhouse, showing aluminium ridge cresting and flat dormer style porch.

   Heritage 3/4 Span Interior Partition Greenhouse

Interior of a Three Quarter Span Heritage greenhouse detailing a partition and decorative ironwork.

   Heritage greenhouse from above

A three-quarter span Heritage greenhouse in Kent.