A blast from the Alitex past

Floor plans for an old Alitex Portchester greenhouse

Sometimes, certain things come through the post that get us extremely excited, such was the case last week when a little gem fell on our doorstep.

A client of ours had been clearing out their attic when they stumbled upon some old documents relating to their Alitex greenhouse. I’m not talking 5 or 6 years, but an era when a fresh faced Mick Jagger and friends were leading the charts. The original design drawing of the erection instructions was 50 years old, dating back to 1966 and the drawings of the bench supports & framework, glass cutting chart and end elevation ranged from 1968 to 1972.

The documents were charmingly marked, a little rough round the edges and showed plans for a Portchester Glasshouse with the note; ‘stabilised print- keep dry- will fade in bright light.’ An air of nostalgia swept through the office, especially as a few members of our team have been with Alitex for the duration and remember this era well.

What I found most fascinating was the little brown envelope containing the invoice. This Alitex greenhouse cost a grand total of £116.05 when it was finally purchased in 1973, with shelf brackets costing 50p and bench framework £10. The package also came with a little note from our client and we were pleased to find out that their greenhouse was still serving it’s purpose and in use today.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our clients for sending in this incredible piece of Alitex history, it will be treasured under lock and key for many years to come.

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Tags: Alitex history, greenhouse, Portchester