The name has been linked with this style of conservatory since it was brought into fashion during the time that King Edward VII (Edward the 7th) was on the throne of England. It is one of the three types of designs known as period conservatories, having got their names from the King or Queen who reigned at the time they first appeared, the others being Victorian and Georgian conservatories.
At the time it appeared, the Edwardian style rejected all the fuss and ornamentation prevalent beforehand and that is why you will see them in square or rectangular designs. That “regular” base shape will also be reflected in the roof appearance. Almost the exact opposite of the multi-faceted Victorian style that preceded it. The aim was to keep detailing to a minimum and allowing the occupants to have a clear a view of the outside as possible. So you can expect plain glass side walls without fancy decoration.
The only time this would be different is if dwarf walling is used in the design. Edwardian conservatory roofing is pitched and usually made up of 3 sections sloping upwards from the outer edge of the room to meet at the centre ridge. Which, coincidentally is where you might find the only “fancy bit” in the shape of a horned decorative ridge-line. Some installations do, however, feature a four-sided pitched roof. One design feature that can be seen a lot in the Edwardian style, is a series or row of small windows at the top of the frames. Looking like transom windows, the technical name for these would probably be clerestory windows.
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