Engine Houses

The Engine House


This design and variations on it  have been very popular with customers over the years.  There are three  variations of its kind on show here. 

In the early version there were no doors  - just a very tall  opening (so not technically a Wardian Case). A later version had two doors, one of which would open. This case is easily identified by the  fanlight above the doors. The third version uses coloured glass in the  three windows and has a pair of doors  at the front that open and can be "locked" shut. 

In all instances, the design reflects the industrial and architectural heritage of Britain. Such  engine houses  and buildings were put up around  water/mine pumping   and mill running beam engines or similar. Such machinery could be very tall  so therefore were the engine houses. 


Although   utilitarian, some decoration was always present - often in the form of beautiful brickwork. The most famous example of complex decoration is  perhaps Crossness Pumping Station (http://www.crossness.org.uk/) .  


On my pieces I have added  small amounts of very old (salvaged) glass  as a nod to the original decoration. In the 3rd engine house,, the rose coloured glass came from a derelict chapel in Norfolk.

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2015 . All the wardian cases you see here were designed and made by Martin de Little. Photography  with  (the exception of  the Geodesic dome examples)  website design and construction by

Martin de Little