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Victorian Fireplace UK

Victorian Fireplaces are UK fireplace manufacturers and stockists of Original and Reproduction Cast Iron Fireplaces, mantels, tile sets and fireplace Accessories.

We no longer offer a restoration service for Cast Iron Fireplaces, Marble Fireplaces and Wooden Mantels.

History

Cast Iron Fireplaces were first introduced in the eighteenth century as hob grates, then register grates that gave heat control for the first time and then as the more familiar cast iron fireplace inserts and combination fireplaces in later Victorian times.

Victorian England became the first mass consumer society. The wealth of the Victorians grew rapidly with industrialisation and the middle classes took great pride in their homes choosing furnishings that had previously been enjoyed by the upper classes.

The Victorian age drawing room or parlour was the most spacious room in the Victorian house typically crammed full of furniture and with every surface covered in ornaments. This inchHigh Victorian Style inch was a natural progression, begun in the Regency period, towards embellishment creating rooms that were impressive yet comfortable.

The fireplace which was the focus of the room, became increasingly ornate as the Victorian age progressed. Arched fireplace inserts with marble or slate chimney pieces came into fashion and the fireplace mantel shelves became wider and were covered in clocks and ornaments.

Complete cast iron combination fireplaces and fireplaces with tiles on sliders were introduced late in Victorian times. The tile panels became even larger with the introduction of the Canopy on Legs. The canopy on legs dispensed with a cast iron frame for the tiles. The tiles were cast into their own panels and these were then placed on either side of the canopy at an angle depending on the size of the mantle surrounding the whole ensemble.

Fireplaces made in the Arts and Crafts style are less ornate. Natural forms dominate and abstract patterns were limited to borders and backgrounds. Copper handcrafted fireplace inserts influenced by the inchArts and Crafts inch movement were also often found in larger homes.

The Art Nouveau style characterised by long curving lines based on sinuous plant forms, often referred to as whiplash lines, was still popular at the start of the twentieth century but fell out of favour before the first World War. Art Nouveau fireplace have these undulating decoration on the cast iron. Tiles on tile sliders were still common.

At the start of the Edwardian Era most fireplaces were still cast iron frames incorporating tilesets on sliders on either side, usually with a mantlepiece made from slate, pine or deal. Tile panels which had become even larger with the introduction of the Canopy on Legs became very popular

 

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Victorian Fireplaces

Stockists of JIG reproduction fireplaces in a number of UK styles from the Georgian and Victorian Age through to the Edwardian Era.

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Ash Pan World

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Wood Pellet Stoves

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Edwardian Fireplaces

Manufacturers of Edwardian fireplace Reproductions with stock of original Edwardian fireplaces and mantels

Address

  • Vesta Works
  • Greg Street
  • Reddish
  • SK5 7BS
  • UK

Telephone:

+44 (0)161 42 990 42