Sir Joseph Paxton (3rd August 1803 to 8th June 1865)

 

Sir Joseph Paxton was one of the Victorian era's greatest engineers and architects. He was initially employed as gardener at Chatsworth though he is most famous for designing the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of 1851

 

He started as a working as a garden boy at 15. Within five years he was working at The Horticultural Society's gardens which were close to the gardens of the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The Duke often met the young gardener as he strolled in his gardens and was so impressed he offered Joseph a job as Head Gardener at Chatsworth (where he met his future wife.)

 

I won’t go into a long biography here but he’s most famous for designing the Crystal Palace, for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

 

He’s buried on the Chatsworth House estate where he lived as the Head Gardener for many years. He’s buried about 30m from the Cavendish family plot where his employers are buried. His wife Sarah remained at Chatsworth House until her death in 1871.

 

The link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Paxton

 

Joseph is buried behind this church….

 

 

From this hill you can see Chatsworth House…

 

Okay let’s go and see Joseph…

 

 

Gardens at Chatsworth (over the hill) look pretty good, Joseph…

 

 

Let’s go and have inside the church where the service was held…

 

Just up from the grave is the Cavendish family plot where Joseph’s employers are now buried…

 

…there’re a few Dukes here…

 

Joseph lived here in the grounds of Chatsworth House…

 

The view from Joseph’s home to Chatsworth (in the distance)…